In an unprecedented move, Men’s Fitness has gotten an inside look at how five NFL teams changed their game in preparation for the 2014 season. These hard-hitting stories will reveal what the players have been doing differently during this offseason compared to last year, in addition to providing workouts for you to try on your own. Check out what it really means to be NFL Fit with our exclusive preseason coverage.
First up are the reigning Super Bowl XLVIII champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Graced with an exceptionally speedy football squad, the NFC number one seed led the NFL last year with 28 interceptions (in part thanks to Richard Sherman’s 8 picks) and were fourth in rushing yards (Marshawn Lynch contributed 1,257 yards of the 2,188-yard total).
Fresh off winning Super Bowl VLVIII, the Seahawks focused on three main training tenets during the offseason: flexibility/mobility/stability, athletic movement, and strength, according to Seahawks strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle. “Every time I write a program I change one thing about our movement, one thing with our lifting, and one thing with our flexibility, mobility, stability area to keep the program evolving,” he says. “If I change only one thing in one area and I have an effect, positive or negative, I can go ahead and relate it to that change,” says Carlisle.
During the preseason, the Seahawks are in the weight room four days a week and come regular season, lifting days get cut to three. “The linemen will lift Monday morning, Wednesday morning, and Thursday after practice during the season,” says Carlisle. “The skills athletes lift Monday, Thursday morning, and Friday after practice." Take a look at how the Seahawks have upgraded their training to become better football players than ever.