As a tight end, balance is essential to success. Beyond the obvious power and athleticism required, it is key that you are able to brush off contact without being knocked off your stride if you want to be effective in your position.
But what is the best way to work on your balance? How can you improve your balance after contact? We’ve taken a look at some exercises that any tight end should add to their workout routine.
As ever and with every exercise, it’s essential to organise your workout area so that you have sufficient space, particularly if you are working out at home during the pandemic.
What are the four best exercises to improve your balance?
Reverse lunges involve an incredible amount of balance, while also relying on core and hip stability. These put almost all of your weight onto the lead leg, which can aid a tight end in-game when they need to drag defenders upfield.
Trap bar deadlift
The trap bar deadlift is a hugely impactful lower-body strength workout, providing key movements that aid the muscles required in almost every athletic movement. It will lead to more knee flexion and a more balanced action between the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
Banded triplanar toe taps
A perhaps underrated balance exercise is the rather simple banded triplanar toe taps. These require a resistance band around your lower thighs, and taking a position of a quarter-squat on one leg. Once the core and hip muscles have been engaged, you move your leg forward, to the side and straight in front for 10 to 20 repetitions before switching legs.
Single leg cross-body punches
Another good activity is the single leg cross-body punch, needing two dumbbells held at chest height. Yielding your weight onto one foot into a quarter-squat, you should then punch the weights across your body and then repeat on the opposite side for three sets of 10 to 20 reps.