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Training for Football Using Compex® Muscle Stimulators

As one of the top physical contact sports in the game, to say that football players need to train for strength is an understatement. Since the birth of the very first game battled out in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton - and since then with numerous rules formalized - it is quite evident that athletes on a football field perform far better and last longer when they integrate strength training into their regime.

That may seem like common sense, but what is not so common throughout the football world is integrating modern technology into athlete training and recovery. Ever heard of working smarter, not harder? That’s what we at Compex® are in pursuit of making possible. Our athletes would confirm that we are in fact doing so.

So in playing an American original sport over a century old that rules the charts for most popular sports to watch in the United States, how are athletes to stay on top of their game?

Compex Electrostimulation Training Program for Football

Offseason / Preseason Prep Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1
Week 1
(static)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 2
Week 2
(static)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 3
Week 3
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 4
Week 4
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
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[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 5
Week 5
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Tips on how to use our football training program
  • The above plan is a recommendation, but the overall goal is to use the resistance program on each muscle group twice a week.
  • Static means you are stationary in a comfortable position.
  • Dynamic work (body squats or calf raises) should only be done during the season.
  • Remain standing whenever using the resistance program on your calves.
  • During training camp your workouts should be the full workout period of 12 minutes.
  • As grip strength is very important, we recommend holding a tennis ball or racket while using the program on your forearms.
  • During the season, use Pre Warm for pre-game and during game sessions. For post-game recovery sessions, use Pre Warm Up or Competition Recovery for a minimum of 6 minutes**. The longer, the better!
  • The plan above is meant for season prep, however, if you continue your workouts in season the recommendation is still 2 times a week per muscle group, but instead of the full 12 minute workout, aim for 8 minutes or less depending on how your body feels.


football player catching a football

How To Improve Strength Training for Football

When the typical athlete thinks of strength training, they envision the weight room. Deadlifts. Heavy weights. Loud splays of defeat and gritting teeth. Translating that strenuous lifting to pushing opponents down across the line of scrimmage and forcing their way into the endzone. What they don’t often consider is the more subtle yet efficient addition to training: electrostimulation.

How does it work? With Compex®, muscle stimulation is made easy. Simply apply the electrodes to the targeted area of training, and select the program applicable. At Compex, we thought ahead and combined all necessary programs (primarily pre-warm up, training recovery, and muscle relaxation for football training) into one muscle training device. The very same device you use to prepare muscles prior to training can also be applied post-workout for recovery. Efficiency at its finest.

For training the upper body, athletes are advised to place electrodes on the upper and lower back, abs for core, and triceps, biceps and traps. When training lower body, apply muscle stimulators to quads, hamstrings and calves prior to lifting, and your muscles basically get a jumpstart to strength training. Over time with utilizing Compex, Defensive lineman will experience their force against the opponent increase, and running backs and wide receivers will reap the benefits of increased speed and power due to strength training.

football player football running drills

How to Prolong Health of Football Players

As football is an extremely high contact sport, and the NFL season consists of 17 games over 18 weeks, the importance of keeping athletes in their top performance state is vital. With just one week between competing, threaded with additional strength training and recovery, Compex is a strategic no-brainer to add into a training and recovery schedule. By activating more muscle fibers prior to training, athletes are able to majorly increase the efficiency of their lift. In between games, the recovery period is extremely amped up when muscle stimulators are used.

As Compex devices improve strength, they simultaneously lessen muscle fatigue. With more time to utilize recovered muscles, athletes can focus instead on increasing muscle strength, as opposed to their recovery time. As muscles are repaired in between games and training, joints also experience major benefits. Athletes notice impacts of prolonging joint health as it plays a large role in their overall athlete life span.

Short story long: If your football players are not yet utilizing Compex® muscle stimulators, this is the time to prime them for the upcoming football season.

football player using muscle stimulator

Recovery Tools for Football

As football players are prescribed to train three days a week in addition to playing on the field in competition, the active recovery is extremely vital to the athlete’s wellbeing.

The great part about Compex electrostimulators is that they not only amp up strength training; they also aid strongly in the muscle recovery process. As active recovery is structured into training plans 5 of 5 training days a week, Compex muscle stimulators make recovery that much more efficient. By applying muscle stimulators directly to the areas worked, athletes can instantly increase the amount of oxygen fed to the muscles in recovery. As toxins are flushed out, athletes experience the benefits of lactic acid being turned over, getting them to a point of healthfully recovered muscles at a quicker pace.

For optimal performance, athletes are highly encouraged to integrate stretching into their recovery regime. Just as static stretching following a game or practice is extremely beneficial for increasing flexibility and preventing injury, so does applying muscle stimulators even further enhance the muscle recovery process. Using Compex in conjunction with static stretching following a game or training will get athletes to their best recovered state sooner. So they can get back out on the field to do what they love.

Reasons To Try Muscle Stim for Football

As shown, football training is not all created equal. In a modern world of technology where we optimize everything we do in a regular day from lessening time of heating up food in microwaves to increasing our wifi speed - this now applies to training for football as well. The old rules of strength training, stretching and recovery still apply. Yet now, we can enhance the process even more by integrating Compex muscle stimulators. Athletes will experience the shift in their overall strength, muscle recovery time and ultimately how they perform on the field.

Give Compex a shot and watch your stats soar.


The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

[1] Six Star Pro: Stretching for Football Players; August 11, 2021.