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The Best Workout Programs for a Quarterback

author image Mary Catherine Holcomb
Mary Catherine Holcomb has experience as a personal trainer and is a former Curves Fitness Technician. Holcomb has also worked as a television reporter, Nike Field Reporter Correspondent, Los Angeles Clippers Team Writer and blogger of "Fit for Life" for the Los Angeles Times Community News. She is passionate about leading a fit and healthy lifestyle.
The Best Workout Programs for a Quarterback
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Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and one of the most physical. As a quarterback and the team's leader, you must be in top condition to perform at your highest level. By incorporating exercises into daily workouts -- including pointers for core strength, shoulder raises, and circle drills to improve throwing ability -- you will be on your way to a more successful season.


Pointers build up core strength, which plays a major factor in the strength and development of the quarterback's throwing motion. Position yourself on your hands and knees. Lift your left arm and your right leg raised so they are parallel to the ground. Hold for two seconds, then repeat with the opposite limbs; this is one repetition.

Shoulder Exercise

This exercise boosts shoulder stability, and, more importantly, develops the strength of the shoulders. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, your arms at your sides. With palms facing your legs and arms straight, raise your arms laterally until they are shoulder level. As you are raising the dumbbells, turn the dumbbells so that your thumbs point toward the ceiling. Do not go above shoulder level.

Circle Drill

This drill improves the quarterback's ability to throw and run at the same time. Position one receiver in the field, about 15 yards from the quarterback. The quarterback should begin running in a circle as he is throwing the football to the receiver. Once the receiver catches the football, he should return it to the quarterback. The quarterback, meanwhile, should continue running in the circle, and not stop moving -- even when the ball is being returned. One repetition is when one circle has been completed.

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