105 – Mark Asanovich on Using High-Intensity Training in the NFL

Mark Asanovich (via CoachAProTraining.com)
Mark Asanovich (via CoachAProTraining.com)

Mark Asanovich, MA, CSCS, HFI, is one of the American professional football world’s most experienced strength and conditioning coaches employing high-intensity training, spending years with the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he has trained numerous NFL athletes, Pro-Bowlers, and Hall-of-Famers such as Derrick Brooks, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, John Randle, and Warren Sapp, – just a small selection of the many, many high-level athletes Mark has trained!

Mark has also coached and trained at the high school and collegiate levels, and he has spoken all over the world in numerous events such as the Resistance Exercise Conference and American Football Coaches Association National Convention, and he is also a contributing author to the books Death in the Locker Room II: Drugs and Sports ( Amazon US / Amazon UK ) and The New High Intensity Strength Training ( Amazon US / Amazon UK ).

Today, Mark remains an active researcher, speaker, and co-author in evidence-based strategies for proactively mitigating the severity and frequency of cervical spine injury and traumatic brain injury through head and neck strengthening.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • How Mark uses HIT to train Professional NFL Athletes
  • Mark’s take on variation, volume, and his specific strength training routines
  • The critical importance of training your neck, and how most people are either doing it wrong or not doing it at all
  • … and much more!

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  • Note to self, no more axial rotation…..

  • I listened to Mr. Asanovich’s remarks on neck training intently. I like his neck training machine. I like his emphasis on neck training. He deserves high praise. I was extremely disappointed with his remarks on the necessity of full range of movement being necessary for optimal results. He referenced Arthur Jones’ work on S & G responders. Arthur Jones’ work on S & G responders is unproven. Professionals should not promote the unproven. Comments like his look bad for HITers everywhere. I have personally used heavy resistance bands for neck flexion and extension in an isometric-only manner for just one anatomical neck position. I wear size 22 inch neck shirts. My results are not a study-experiment-proof for anyone else. Of course…..Dr. McGuff (interviewed here) does not promote resistance band use either. No wonder HIT is unpopular in most exercise communities. Please ask Ken Hutchins about isometrics!


  • Hello Mr. Asanovich! I enjoyed your interview very much! Don’t have what else to say, than Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us!

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