S/O to @dlinevids on Instagram for sending this video working on run defense and pass rush drills using the Kinetic Bands (leg resistance bands).
Training to develop explosiveness and conditioning should be high priority on every D-Line athlete's training routine.
In this video, the athlete is driving the knees to near parallel while maintaining balance and stability with proper footwork and body control.
If you are looking to increase speed and explosive power you must train fast and hard. Conditioning does not have to always be how long you train but how hard and effective you train. This athlete is working on moving at maximum speed, pushing through the resistance. Notice the resistance bands expanding and contracting rapidly during all the movement in these drills. This forces the athlete to work harder in the same amount of time maximizing efficiency and increasing results. D-linemen need to work on developing the ability to react and change direction on a dime. This requires that athlete to work on skills, plus conditioning at a high level. The need to go all out every play can quickly take its toll if the player is not properly conditioned. D-Linemen exert far more energy working to detect the play and location vs. the O-Line that has the advantage of knowing the direction the play is going, timing, and the details including run, pass, or options.
Making plays that disrupt the flow of the offense and putting pressure on them to stop or control you is the key to success. Let the Kinetic Bands help you during your conditioning and become a better athlete!