Now, that NFL’s bone-crunching, tire-flipping season is back, there’s no better time to get pumped up and start training like your favorite pro footballer. So here’s some of the key workout equipment, exercises, and music to get you ripped for game time.
Heart monitor apps: Most NFL players and coaches use heart monitors to ensure they’re reaching their optimum cardio rates, but phone apps like the Instant Heart Rate app by Azumio and Runtastic Heart Rate Pro work just as well. A good target to shoot for is 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, according to the American Heart Association. (Your maximum heart rate is approximately 220 minus your age.)
Resistance bands: Strengthen your throwing arm like the pro QBs do with three simple resistance exercises using these multicolored bands, advises Stack.com. The bands help develop the specific shoulder muscles that rotate the arm back, over and inward while throwing a ball.
Kettle bells: These cast-iron balls don’t look intimidating until you start doing the reps that NFL UP! Suggests. Pretty soon you’ll be crying for Momma Lynch – Marshawn’s mom.
Tires: Texans’ sack king J.J. Watt swears he stays in beast mode by flipping 1,000-pound tires and even proved it on this season’s TV series “Hard Knocks.” You don’t have to go that big. Start with a 200-300-pound tractor wheel — you know, something small, Bodybuilding.com suggests.
Beats headphones: Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and Richard Sherman may be fined $10,000 every time they wear their Beats headphones instead of the NFL-sanctioned Bose brand, but you won’t. So go ahead and sport those shiny ear cans.
Wireless music app: Make pump-up playlists, listen without wifi or a cellphone signal, and access all your music on the field with free music app MyMusicCloud.
But, wait-a-sec, you’re going to need some songs to get your adrenaline pumping. Billboard.com interviewed the team DJs for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks to see what their players listen to at real NFL practices. Here are some samples …
Seahawks Football Playlist
“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
“Bugatti” by Ace Hood featuring Future, Rick Ross
“Hot Boy” by Bobby Shmurda
“Energy” by Drake
“Who’s that Lady” by The Isley Brothers
“I” by Kendrick Lamar
“No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd
“All Day” by Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney
“Marshawn Lynch” by Mistah F.A.B.
“TTU (Too Turnt Up)” by Flosstradamaus featuring Waka Flocka Flame
Atlanta Falcon Football Playlist
“Workin” by Waka Flocka Flame
“Work” by A$AP Ferg
“WDYW” by Carnage featuring A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, & Rich the Kid
“We in Da City” by Young Dro
“Watch Out” by 2 Chainz
“Real Sisters ” by Future
“Mind Right – Remix” by TK N Cash featuring B.o.B.
“March Madness” by Future
“Where Ya At” by Future featuring Drake
“Blasé” by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Future & Rae Sremmurd