IHP Football Training equals BETTER PRACTICE, and practice makes perfect
Whether you're a high schooler vying for a football scholarship, a college player prepping for combines, or a pro eyeing Pro Bowl status, IHP is your training hub. Running drills on turf won’t make you bigger, faster, or stronger— but IHP football training will. Hours of flexibility drills won’t enhance mobility— but IHP football training will. Learning Olympic weightlifting won’t boost football explosiveness— but IHP football training will. If that piqued your interest, step right in!! Click below to get more information.
Football: A team sport made of individual skills
Football is a game of diverse skills. With 24 positions and 22 players on the field at once, each player demands specific abilities. During training, teams often group players by position for efficiency, but it's not always the optimal approach. Every position requires honing unique skills, even if they mirror those on the opposing side. Addressing individual strengths and weaknesses is challenging in team settings, this is where IHP's one-on-one football training excels.
Position, Position, Position!
There's nothing more critical than POSITION. And by position, we're not just talking about your designated spot on the field. It's about being in the right place at the right time during gameplay. When you're positioned correctly, you can execute crucial moves like catching the ball, intercepting a pass, blocking a defender, or blitzing past the offensive line. A single misjudgment, misread, or delayed reaction and your advantage evaporates, leaving you vulnerable to your opponent's mercy. While everyone aims to diminish the significance of positioning, physics ensures its undeniable importance. In fast-paced sports, there's no time to recover from a poor position. So, the question remains: How do you enhance your positioning?
The Great Football Training Myth!
Over the past 23 years, we've had football athletes and their parents seeking a variety of physical characteristics and abilities they believed would boost football performance. Whether it's muscle mass, strength, endurance, power, speed, quickness, or agility, the requests keep coming. But here's the kicker: many of them don't even understand why they're asking for these attributes. Often, they're pursuing these non-specific qualities to excel in unrelated tests, such as those at combines. Yes, I'll say it: combines often feature tests with minimal predictive value for on-field success. Need proof? Just take a look at the football Hall of Fame and count how many combine stars you find. Then, examine the NFL careers of past top combine performers, and you'll see the truth.
CHUNKING – anticipating instead of reacting
What football players really want is to elevate their on-field performance, and that's not solely achieved through strength training. Success in all sports demands specific genetics and extensive practice involving dynamic interactions with others. Football, being a team sport with numerous moving components, requires players to process a multitude of details. To manage this, players employ chunking—a mental process where small details are grouped into larger, more manageable patterns.
Want to witness chunking in action? Try this: read these letters to a friend, one letter per second, and see if they can recall them: H - T - L - O - G - A - H – U. It's challenging, right? Now, say the word "ALTHOUGH." Notice how much easier it is?
Chunking enables players to decipher formations and anticipate opponents' movements in real-time. By recognizing patterns milliseconds before they unfold, athletes can anticipate rather than merely react. While it's often labeled as "reaction time," it's fundamentally about pre-processing data and patterns well in advance of crucial moments on the field. Anticipation through chunking will always beat reaction.
IHP Training = better practice
The main goal at IHP is to make BETTER PRACTICE. No matter how you slice it, practice makes perfect. The more specific, intense, disciplined, and planned the practice is, the better you will perform at anything. This is what we call DELIBERATE practice. Being sharp and intense in practice requires you to have increased physical abilities, enough to execute the details of the practice that put you in the right POSITION (there is that word again). This perfect execution in practice ensures the right chunking is engrain in your nervous system, and is automatically retrieved when playing. Mind you, this approach to training has NOTHING to do with your bench press, squat, power clean, vertical jump, or 40-yard time.
Essentially, deliberate practice offers two significant advantages:
Enhanced quality of specific conditioning and
Here's the breakdown:
More quality reps lead to easier reps, resulting in better conditioning.
Increasing the quality of reps leads to better overall performance, enhancing chunking.
Improved chunking directly correlates with better anticipation and positioning on the field.
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