Follow Phases One and Two in sequence, for a total of seven weeks of work. It won't be easy - nothing worth doing ever is. But the results will speak for themselves.
You'll quickly realize that these aren't your standard gym moves. Take your time to learn proper technique and good form. For more information, refer back the other NFL Combine Trainer videos. The last thing we want is for an injury to sideline you before you even hit the field.
Note on tempo: Exercise tempo dictates the speed of a full repetition of an exercise, expressed in seconds. The first number is the speed of lowering, which is the eccentric phase of an exercise. The second number is the pause at the bottom (the stretched portion) of a movement. The third number is the speed of raising, which is the concentric phase of an exercise. Thus, 1-0-1 means you spend 1 second lowering, no pause, followed by 1 second raising. If there is an X in the tempo, it refers to lifting explosively, or as fast as possible under control.
Phase three is the final week of our NFL Combine Trainer 8-Week Program. At the end of this week, you should test your numbers across all six of the core Combine drills: 40-Yard Dash, 3 Cone Drill, Vertical Jump, 225 Bench Press, Shuttle Run, and the Broad Jump. You'll need a partner who can take your measurements and record reps.
Get creative with these tests! Even if you have to measure your vert jump by slapping a line on a wall, it'll still give you a good indication of how much you've improved. Furthermore, it'll tell you how much you can improve in the future.
Before you test, treat week 8 as a "deload" workout week. Deloading means you'll be training with lighter weight and less overall volume. A deload is not an excuse to sit around and avoid training, but to give your body a break from heavier loads. A deload promotes recovery, especially of the central nervous system (CNS), and helps ensure long-term training progress. It also steers you clear of overtraining. Deloading stimulates repair and lets you practice exercise technique with lighter weight. You can also stretch and perform additional soft-tissue work this week.
Drop the weight by 20-30% on all lifts, especially compound moves.