9 Reasons Why Aging High Profile NFL Athletes Choose RBT

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Why Aging High Profile NFL Athletes Choose RBT

Aging AthletesThere are several high profile football athletes these days who are using RBT to keep their aging athletic bodies playing the game.

Guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have publicly stated that RBT is a key element in their year-round training program. Plus, if you watched any highlights from training camps this summer you saw a lot of resistance bands being used in various ways.


Well besides being super portable, they allow strength coaches to help keep their athletes healthy. Over the years I have discussed some of these training strategies separately.

However, here are 9 reasons and strategies on why high profile aging football athletes are implementing RBT regularly.

9 Reasons Aging NFL Athletes Choose RBT

1. Is easy on their knees

Lessening knee joint wear and tear as well as keeping them prepared to handle awkward movements is really important to the aging athlete. This is because when injured the knee joint is the #1 joint that ultimately leads to retirement.

Bands provide pro athletes with a tool to maintain a high level of hip flexibility, hip stability and core stability. Keeping hip and core stability strong and reactive allows the knee joint to remain safe while not having to absorb avoidable stress. Plus, they can train the hip using several RBT Squat Variations that are more knee joint friendly compared to barbell training.

2. Provides a faster recovery

Not having to always lift weights against gravity decreases having to constantly load joints with compressive forces that have been shown over time to break down joint surfaces. As a result, aging athletes can still strength train during the season without having to apply additional joint stress to joints that are sore from practice and games.

3. Decreases pressure on their low back

Aging AthletesNot having to squat with a barbell on the back and instead use bands or horizontal force vectors eliminates a lot of low back pressure during strength training sessions.

Combining that with following a consistent band hip flexibility program allows the low back to stay feeling and moving well.

4. Keeps rotator cuffs from getting pinched

RBT allows aging athletic shoulders to stay strong without having to expose the rotator cuff to being pinched while lifting weights overhead or having to train in single patterns of movement. A resistance band’s pliability allows aging shoulders to train in modified patterns using exercises that are far more shoulder friendly to the rotator cuff.

5. Can work on multiple aspects of their game

Most high profile athletes have reached a high level of success because they put in the time both on the field and off the field. As a result, the more they can get accomplished with one tool the better.

Resistance bands allow athletes to train foot agility, strength, flexibility, and core stabilization without having to change tools. As a result, they can become more efficient managing their time and getting everything in they need to in order to stay on top of their game.

6. Emphasizes muscle flexibility over muscle appearance

Aging AthletesTop level athletes have identified the importance of muscle flexibility as it relates to building in what I call “a margin of error.”

Specifically, they have identified the impact of keeping muscles of the hip flexible to eliminate the low back and knee from having to repeatedly move too much.

They understand the low back is the next joint in line to move when the hip stops moving.

7. Helps them become 3-D Strong

Strength training in all planes of motion is another key to building in “a margin of error.” Successful football athletes understand that strengthening the weakest link in the kinetic chain is the key to staying 3-D strong and ready for anything.

To accomplish 3-D strength it requires training with a tool that can provide resistance in all planes. Successful aging athletes are willing to move away from weight resistance and apply band resistance in order to strength train in planes of motion that are weak.

8. Is all about performance

Aging high profile athletes that are successful learn very early in their professional career that it’s all about training the body for performance on the field. It’s not about looking good but rather feeling, moving and performing good. Therefore, their training focuses on improving things like footwork, reaction, deceleration control and quickness versus building big arms, shoulders and a 6-pack.

9. Train any movement, anywhere and anytime

It is very difficult for a highly recognizable athlete to get in workouts due to requirements on their time and frequent fan interruptions. As a result, their training programs and equipment must be something they can use when finding a quiet gym is not possible. RBT allows athletes to train any movement, anywhere and anytime.


High profile, successful NFL athletes are gifted individuals that get older. Just like you and I they also have to learn how to modify their training to keep their body Game Ready. Many of these same strategies used by highly successful athletes can also occur for the average Joe that wants to keep his or her body playing in the game of life.

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Performance training isn’t just for athletes. Learn and train like an aging athlete using these same RBT strategies.

Game Day Ready is a great place to start.

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Meet Dave

Dave Schmitz, PT, CSCS, PES has been writing, teaching and training how to implement resistance band training for rehabilitation, general conditioning, and performance since 1996. He is the founder & co-owner of Resistance Band Training— the leading band provider worldwide.

Along with being a co-author of the Amazon best seller, Total Body Breakthroughs, Dave is also the author and producer of numerous fitness & nutrition articles, E-books, DVDs. His passion is focused on trainers, clients, and athletes improve their body’s ability to handle momentum, gravity and ground reaction forces using elastic resistance. Dave also consults online with several high schools, universities, private performance training business and is also on the board of experts for the International Youth and Conditioning Association (IYCA).

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