10 Things I Learned from the Houston Texans

Player Fitness Guide

I'm hardly a fitness or exercise freak and I eat pizza like there is no tomorrow. However, I'm trying to get into better shape, so was looking for books on Amazon. One of the comments on a review (don't ask why I was reading that) linked to: The Houston Texans Players Manual for Strength and Conditioning. (Local Mirror of File)

I love this guide for a couple reasons. It's one of the only fitness guide that has "skin in the game". There are more books/reading material/bullshit out there about fitness and health than probably any other topic. Most health and fitness authors own a gym or pratice, but usually they want to sell you something (a book, an idea, a shoe, etc). This is completely free. Also, you don't win football games by having out-of-shape players, so this is literally the definition of "skin in the game". Second, it's written at the level of an average player. There is a little science in there but in general, it's easy and quick to read. The advice is solid and simple.

Ten Takeaways

Since I've read the guide, I figured I'd share 10 interesting things from it that you may or may not find interesting, ordered by my thoughts around their novelty:

Near Maximal Strength

This is an exact quote from the guide that I thought was good (page 60).

Near maximum strength levels can be maintained if:

  1. You are fortunate enough to avoid serious injury.
  2. You are willing to train hard in spite of minor bumps and bruises.
  3. If you are injured you train those areas of the body that are unaffected.
  4. You enthusiastically perform meaningful, intense, and productive exercise every workout.
  5. You work hard to regain any loss in strength (due to injury, summer camp, etc.).
  6. You keep accurate records to prevent sub-maximal efforts.
  7. You develop consistent and sound eating habits for the entire season.
  8. You must avoid alcohol abuse.
  9. You get the necessary amount of sleep and rest to insure full recovery by game day.
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