How to get as ripped as an NFL player
It doesn’t matter if your workout regularly includes extreme exercises such as swimming in ice water or half marathons: to be as fit as an NFL player, you need the right mindset as well as physical acumen.
Is your burning passion to become a quarterback? Then dust off your shoulder pads from the cupboard, with these 5 tips you’ll look like a gridiron star in no time:
- Set some achievable goals
- Be a team player
- Distinguish between hunger and appetite
- Consume enough protein
- Be active
1 SET SOME ACHIEVABLE GOALS
How: Before you start exercising, you should map out your goals. It’s important these are both realistic and clearly defined, as well as measurable and achievable within a set time period. If you feel there’s a running back lying deep inside of you but your legs aren’t carrying you as much as they should, then practise your sprinting.
Example: The best way to build up your speed is to do a series of 10-second sprints at full pelt with 20-second breaks in between each one. Repeat this 30-second cycle six times and increase the number of sets in the long term as your fitness levels improve. Soon you’ll be flying like Adrian Peterson.
2 BE A TEAM PLAYER
How: American football is a team sport, so work hard and play hard with your friends.
Example: Plan out a training schedule that works best around everyone’s working and home lives with set training times to head to the gym or the local training pitch. Afterwards, head to a pub for a well-earned beer – or a protein shake – and bond with one another.
3 DISTINGUISH BETWEEN HUNGER AND APPETITE
How: Don’t stuff your face during meals, and go easy on the sugary snacks too. Fit NFL players can dart around the pitch smoothly. To achieve this, work out the difference between hunger and your appetite. Listen to your body and only eat when necessary. It may also help to eat smaller portions than usual at meal times.
Example: So, you’ve got through a week of hard graft on the training pitch and defied your appetite’s seductive advances. In this case, allow yourself a cheat meal at the weekend, as you’ve earned it. In general, however, you should look to halve your portion sizes and eat at regular intervals so you’ll take control over your appetite and your calorie count.
4 CONSUME ENOUGH PROTEIN
How: In order to prove a match for your opponents, you need to bulk up. This requires not only pumping copious amounts of iron in the weights section of the gym, but also an adequate amount of protein in your diet.
Example: You don’t necessarily need to splurge on a huge tub of protein powder to ensure you get ripped. Meat and dairy products tend to feature a lot of protein, so use these food types as building blocks in your quest for muscle gain by building protein bombs from your everyday meals.
5 BE ACTIVE
How: Sadly, the idea of spending hours in the gym each day is a pipe dream for most of us, thanks to work and family life. Never fear, however. Even if most of your day is spent in an office, you can build some short strengthening exercises into your daily routine.
Example: Every little step in the right direction brings you closer to your goal, so instead of taking the lift up to the top floor, use the stairs. If you commute to work by car or public transport, try cycling there instead. Worried you’ll look embarrassed? Then challenge your colleagues to do it too.