What Should Your Kick Count Be?

What should your kick count look like during game week and in the offseason?

Well, this will vary from your offseason, but the principles stay the same where you want to have a very consistent routine and not break that routine as the months go on.

In terms of kick count for field goals, you want to keep it very simple and light on your body. Depending on what day you’re kicking, let’s say you’re kicking on Friday. You’re going to start Monday with 40 kicks. Tuesday will be 30 kicks. Wednesday will be 20. Thursday will be 10. Then on Friday, you will be doing walkthroughs, and you’ll have your leg ready to go, nice and fresh, for the actual game.

Same thing will be true for Thursday; you will go 30-20-10. On the weekend, you should try to get some kicking in so that you can give yourself one of your more high-rep days. 40 reps on Sunday or something in that nature, just to give yourself a pattern that follows throughout the week.

Let’s say your game is on Wednesday. You will do 20 and 10 on Monday and Tuesday, but during the earlier part of the week, or the day after the game, you want to get at least a day where you have 40 reps. Preferably, the day after the game is when you go out and kick again. If you’re kicking on Wednesday, you want to go out on Friday and do 40 reps, and then your Sunday session could be your 30-kick day. 

Just to give yourself a routine to follow in order to make sure that you’re giving yourself a consistent kick count throughout the week. Follow that throughout the year for your season, and you’ll be good to go.

Kick Count During Offseason

The other thing to note is with offseasons, you can rant this up a little bit more. Try to keep it under 60 kicks a day. Ideally, 50 kicks is perfect. Even if you’re in the offseason, you shouldn’t really be going too crazy with kicking. You should be prioritizing your workouts in order to develop your strength so that you can go on every other day and do kicks.

A good routine to do is Monday workout, Tuesday kick, Wednesday workout, and so on, up to Saturday. On Sunday, you rest and do something like a stretch day. Or you can flip it in between days.

Try not to do too crazy of a workout. Ideally, you should try a heavier lift on Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday, and then your last day is like a pool workout. 

Your first lift of the week should be a relatively heavier lift just to give yourself a good shock, a good strength adaption, or a variable part of it, because a lot of kickers aren’t the strongest guys. So, it would really help you to be a little bit stronger in the offseason to build up some strength. 

Then, on your last days of the week, you’re doing more of an explosive pool workout or a lot of jump squats, box jumps, and stadium runs to give yourself explosive, lighter-weight speed. But you still want to be giving yourself a good challenging weight to where you can still explode the bar up quickly, but not too heavy to where you’re losing form. Just a challenging weight to where you can explode the bar up and control down is a perfect weight.

60% to 70% weight is perfectly fine. You can even push up to 80% of your one rep max, and do that for 3 or 5 reps, and do that for 3 to 5 sets. You’ll be golden. That can be your first workout of the week, and then the other two workouts can be three sets of 8 to 12 reps of explosive 60% to 70% weight.

Splitting up kick count between all three phases

You also have your kicking days where you go 40-30-20-10. You can also do field goals. If it’s a Monday, and that’s your heavy kicking day, you could do 30 field goals, 10 kickoffs, or 30 field goals, 5 kickoffs, 5 punts if you’re the punter, or 25 field goals, 10 punts, 5 kickoffs. Just give yourself some variability.

Whatever your main focus is, make that the primary amount of your kicks. You can do your next focus right after that, and then your 3rd skill set right after. Just to make sure you’re giving yourself a little bit of each as you’re working on it each time.

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