This is a quiz where we are going to test your knowledge as a WR in the gym. How much do you really know about athletic performance and what you can do specifically as a WR to get better. Answers will be located at the bottom of this article.
Question 1) Are doing “half squats” (only go half way- then exploding up) good for WRs to do?
Question 2) Will bench press help WRs with blocking?
Question 3) Are doing seated exercises good for WRs? Like for example seated shoulder press, seated curls etc.
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Answer 1) Yes. Football is rarely played from a position below parallel. So when you do squats as a WR you can mix it up. You can do 1/4th squats, half squats, and full squats below parallel but you need to make sure you are emphasizing exploding on the way up. Playing WR is all about explosion.
Answer 2) NO. Bench press will not help you with blocking. Blocking does not come from your arms/chest. It comes from driving with your legs and hips and keeping active feet. Your arms just control a defender. And football is NEVER played off of your back. Exercises that will help with blocking are cleans, push jerk and any other Olympic lift that builds hip and leg explosion.
Answer 3) NO. Seated exercises are not to be emphasized because when do you ever play football sitting down? As a football player you want to put yourself in as many game realistic situations as possible. Including the gym. WRs never sit down on the field so I wouldn’t train for something I am not going to do. Just simply do the exercise standing so you must engage your core and lower back.
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