You’ve finally graduated high school.  Your high school days are officially over.  But, you are one of the few lucky ones.  You have accepted an offer from a college to continue playing the sport you love.

It is a pretty cool decision.  You had a signing day with other classmates who are playing their sport in college.  You proudly wore the sweatshirt of your school and took pictures with your coach and parents.  Everybody wishing you the best in college.

Then it comes in the mail (or maybe it was emailed to you).  The freshman college workout packet.

This is next level stuff.  Pages worth of exercises, workout plans, conditioning, speed/agility drills, nutrition, stuff about sleep.  What??  You didn’t realize it took so much to be an athlete, but then again you aren’t in high school anymore.

Before you dive into this packet and start trying to figure out what each drill is, you need to understand a few things first.

  • These coaches don’t expect you to do everything to the letter, BUT they do expect you to report in good shape.
  • The coaches don’t know what your lifting experience is like. They do try to make the lifting program a little simplified.  They aren’t trying to make it super specific to your sport.  If you are currently on a lifting program and you feel it is working making you stronger, then you can keep it. Just know the biggest thing they want to see is that you looked like you were getting stronger over the summer.
  • A lot of these packets come with nutrition. Many of you probably couldn’t name three vegetables if your life depended on it.  It is my recommendation that you start to learn how to eat better.  You will need every advantage possible when you get to college and properly fueling your body could be one of them.  Plus, your mommy and daddy will not be making your meals for you.  You have to learn to make good food choices.  You don’t have to follow their nutritional advice to a T, but you should start eating more quality choices than bad.
  • They might throw in some speed work in these packets. Yes, freshmen want to come in as fast and as quick as possible, but if you have limited time and resources, this might be the least important out of all of these.  Worry about your conditioning and strength before this.
  • Finally, they will have a conditioning program. It might seem like a lot and it might be overkill, but do NOT report to your first freshman practice and be out of shape.  This will be a big no-no if you want to impress the coaches.

If you choose to work with a private speed/strength coach and he/she chooses to not follow the packet exactly, then make sure the ultimate goal gets accomplished – getting you ready to play in college.

These college coaches really put this packet together so that you are just doing something during the summer.  They do put a lot in there for you to follow.  Ultimately, if they can get you doing half the stuff then you are probably in get shape.

Now go out there and get it done.