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Preparing for the Combine through Training and Nutrition

BY KRIS CHRISP, PERSONAL TRAINER (INSTAGRAM: @KRISCHRISP)

EJ Webb and I, Kris Chrisp from STACK Sports & Therapy located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, are preparing a group of young men for the next step in their pro career. Once a pro football prospect has completed his college football career, he typically signs with an agent and reports to a training facility to begin preparing for the "biggest job interview" of his young adult life.

Most players will arrive at a training facility during the first week of January. Athletes typically have 6-10 weeks to work with performance and position coaches at these facilities throughout the country. Football agents spend thousands of dollars to train, house and feed their clients. The goal for the athlete is simple – it is to become stronger, faster and better. This integrated program prepares players for all aspects of the football combine and pro days. They will work on speed training to develop proper technique for the 40-yard dash, L Drill, and 20-yard shuttle. Power training maximizes results for the bench press, broad jump, and vertical jump.

STACK athletes: Athletes:   Kamron Lewis  Leo Jackson III Lemarkus Bailey  Connor Christian  Toyous Avery  Jody Fortson Jr.  Ellis Richardson  Chase Hawkins  Chris Palmer  STACK 2019 Athletes: Kamron Lewis, Leo Jackson III, Lemarkus Bailey, Connor Christian, Toyous Avery, Jody Fortson Jr., Ellis Richardson, Chase Hawkins, Chris Palmer 
   

However, what makes our combine package unique here at STACK is that we offer on sight Physical Therapy services to help treat injuries, decrease aches and pains, and limit injury risk. In addition, we offer Certified Sports Nutritionists, as our CSN here at STACK I’m responsible for carefully planning out each meal for the athletes whether they are looking to lower their body fat or simply maintain a healthy diet. Along with determining their daily calorie requirements, I personally will breakdown how many grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are needed per meal per athlete. We work with a meal prep company “Fit-N-Fuel” that exceeds all of our needs to help our athletes reach their highest potential.

As we know Protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. A quality whey protein can help you hit your daily protein target of 1 gram per pound of bodyweight, and it's also important for post-workout recovery and building new lean mass. Whey is a clean, fast-digesting source of protein, making it ideal after your training sessions and between meals as necessary. Plus, many players seek to gain or lose weight in the weeks leading up to the combine in Indianapolis while every player strives to go in with a leaner, more powerful physique to impress team officials both on the scale and during the workouts. Shakes and smoothies are a key part of our pre-combine nutritional strategy to get an athlete the fuel needed to reach their optimal performance. They're convenient, easy on the stomach, and smoothie recipes can easily be adjusted depending on whether your athletes are looking to gain, maintain, or lose weight.

Creating a Pro Smoothie

The sample recipe below provides a framework for creating smoothies for a quick and easy breakfast, for recovery after a tough training session, or for an evening snack. 

fluids

  • 1 cup water or skim milk + ice 

 fat: 

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed or chia seeds

fruit & vegetables:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple (fresh, frozen)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh, frozen) 
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh, frozen) 
  • 1 cup fresh, zucchini 

 protein: 

We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to BiPro® for helping fuel our athletes with the best and cleanest protein available. 



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