FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is experimenting with a new in-season practice routine this season.
A fan in attendance at Bielema’s weekly radio show asked the fourth-year Razorbacks coach to give an in-depth explanation of specifically what the new routine entails.
In past seasons under Bielema, Arkansas would do no strenuous workouts after Thursday’s practice until the game Saturday. Now, they will go through a full-speed workout for 45 minutes every Friday. The idea is that the body will be quicker to react on Saturday during the game and “not so sluggish out of the gate,” according to Bielema.
Here’s more of what Bielema had to say about the new schedule:
“One of things I always kinda defer to our medical staff and our training staff with (strength coach) Ben Herbert is just how do we get kids playing at a high rate? And about five or six years ago I heard about, basically a situation where teams were reversing their thinking.
“So what we did today, really, it’s a no-sweat Thursday. We meet with them a long time, watch Tuesday and Wednesday practice, we got out on the field, we have 20 minutes of walk-through with special teams, about 25 minutes of offensive and defensive walk-through.”
“The first school we heard about doing (the new routine) was Oregon. They had borrowed it from the track program and had kinda been instrumental implementing it to their players. I almost did it my last year at (Wisconsin). Didn’t do it for a lot of reasons. I was resistant to change. We had won two straight (Big Ten) championships and you’re kinda thinking if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Then we transitioned here and I really realized that the level of athletes that we have, especially at the interior line, kids need to get their legs back under them to play in this conference.”