Being a professional athlete means you live and breathe trying to be the best athlete you can be. This means working out multiple times a day, keeping yourself healthy while pushing yourself as hard as you can when it comes to game day. Their job is to workout, literally. However, for most of us we can’t spend endless hours in the gym, pool, on a track or trying to sneak in a workout every chance we can get. Well, actually yeah, for most of us we are trying to sneak in a great workout when we can. Check out below for ways in which you can workout like an athlete while not having to countless hours in at the gym.
Workout like an NFL player.
Working out like your favorite NFL players means a lot of high-intensity aerobic and strength training type circuits. This type of training burns more calories and boosts endurance quicker than a traditional workout. There is a lot of impacts when it comes to the sport of football so keeping your workouts a bit more low impact helps to save the joints. This type of workout is fun, challenging, and beneficial to both athletes and those who aspire to be like their favorite football player.
Check out the Gronkowski’s family workout routine over at Muscle and Fitness.
Workout like an Olympic swimmer.
Ryan Lochte is definitely a known name in the water. He swims like a fish and has a body that a lot of people aspire to have. His strength coach at the University of Flordia, Matt DeLancey, started working with the Olympic swimmer as a freshman in 2003. Working out like an Olympic swimmer means focusing a lot on technique. Variety in exercise is important but it is important for a swimmer (and most athletes) to never progress without perfecting the technique first according to DeLancey.
Check out the Ryan Lochte Introductory Training Plan by DeLancey via Men’s Fitness.
3x per week: Focus on four areas of the body which include legs, hamstrings, a push and pull exercise. Use any variation of these exercises, and focus on form rather than increasing repetitions. Do four sets of five each.
Leg: Squat Variation
Hamstring: Romanian Dead Lift Variation
Push: Dumbbell Incline
Pull: Pull up
Workout like an NBA basketball player.
Speed, agility and being quick on the toes usually comes easier to people who aspire to be great at basketball. At least those are the types of skills they have been practicing their whole basketball life, doing drill after drill gaining speed and quickness through plyometric type workouts. Yet, when a basketball player hits the NBA they usually don’t have the strength to keep up with some of the more veteran players. Gaining the strength while still being quick is a goal for most basketball players.
Here is a workout NBA players like Harrison Barnes used when entering the NBA.