Fitness Advice from Professional Athletes & Their Trainers

Fitness Advice from Professional Athletes & Their Trainers

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Joe Kenn – Strength & Conditioning Coach for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers
Kenn has been credited with being highly influential in Panther’s 2015 run to the Super Bowl. His influence didn’t go unnoticed by his peers as he was awarded the NFL Strength Coach of the Year in 2015.

When it comes to a well-rounded workout Kenn suggests employing compound movements like power cleans, squats, overhead presses, and deadlifts. All of the aforementioned movements use multiple joints and muscles at once. He believes that squats trump all when it comes to ground-based workouts, “I wold rank the front squat as No. 1 because it puts you in a more upright posture which is more conducive to the position that get in for most starting stances [in sports].”

After a solid workout at the gym your body is going to need ample time to rest. Kenn suggests that “Your ultimate goal would be a quality night’s sleep between seven and nine hours.” Even before a workout or game he insists on a decent night of sleep, “If you have a full work day ahead of you before you go to the gym, I would highly recommend a minimum of seven hours of sleep.” Sleep is often overlooked in our world of handheld gadgets and binging. Take it from the professional and put in a few sets of Zzs.

Phil Neville – Ex Manchester United and England footballer
As a player Phil Neville was known for his tireless work ethic, yet his indefatigable energy level didn’t come easy. Here Neville talks about how he gets ready for a strenuous day, “I take a bottle of water in the car. They say you should have four to five bottles of water a day. I have one on the way to the training ground and one on the way back, and drink the rest when I’m there.”

Being in elite shape means staying healthy. Neville takes also proper care of his body in a more unconventional way. “The first thing I do when I’m at the training ground is a 30-minute yoga session with a couple of other players. Yoga has 26 poses and our teacher will concentrate on five or six tailored for movements of football. I pay particular attention to my hips and groin.”

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Joe Sherman

Joe is a keen gym-goer, footballer and cyclist. He has a passion for the latest fitness trends and marketing.

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