As a seventh round pick, making it in the NFL is no easy task.
However, when defensive tackle Beau Allen got the call on draft day in 2014 informing him that he had been drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 224th pick, he was confident that he would succeed because of his work ethic and competitive drive.
At 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds, Allen knew he had the size to be a force on the defensive line in the NFL, but would need to become stronger and more explosive to make an impact. From day one in Philadelphia he hit the weights to show he had what it takes, quickly learning it wasn’t just about how much weight he could bench or squat.
“You just need to change your goals sometimes, so right now I’m working more on explosive strength and flexibility,” Allen said. “You see a lot of guys change up their routines once they get to the NFL because they know what they need and they know what other guys are doing. You’ve always got to stay on top of your body.”
This was a big change for a guy who considered himself “a big meathead” and loved to bench and squat as much as possible.
“I’ve never really had a problem putting weight on, I’ve been lucky, but as you get older and as you have been in it more you start to know your body and you know what you need,” he said. “I know I’m a big meathead and I love max squatting and max benching and hitting those heavy singles, but it’s just not great to do that all the time.”
Now as Allen has finished up his third full season in the NFL, receiving more and more playing time on the defensive line and even receiving some snaps at fullback, he has incorporated new workouts to make himself much more explosive.
These workouts include agility ladders, box jumps, medicine ball throws, Olympic lifts, and his personal favorite — lifting with chains.
“So what happens is let’s say we’re chain squatting and you’ve got the chains on the side, as you go down the chains spool on the ground so it takes a little of the load off, and as you’re reaching the top of your lift they unspool so you get a little of a heavier weight, It’s real good for working that explosive strength,” Allen said.
These workouts are key for Allen as they help him get a quicker jump when the ball is snapped, along with a more powerful first hit on opposing lineman.
To supplement his explosive workouts, Allen also points to a number of workouts he likes to do outside of the gym to help him retain strength, flexibility, and his agility skills.
Spending a lot of his time-off outdoors at his cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, Allen needed to find new ways to workout. Even though he has a weight room in the basement of the cabin, he said space is limited. So instead he heads to the woods for one of his favorite workouts — which involves an axe.
“You don’t have room to do everything so you find other ways to work out, like you chop wood,” Allen said. “You’ve got to chop wood because we have a wood stove up there and that is a great workout — core, arms, shoulders, hips, and it’s a lot more tiring than you think.”
Along with chopping wood, Allen said he also gets workouts from swimming in the lake next to his cabin, and running up the big hills that surround the area. But more than anything, he credits playing other sports in his free time for a lot of his strength and agility today.
“I love playing other sports, and I played a ton of sports growing up,” Allen said. “Just being active in any way so you can get a workout in is big for me.”
After waiting over two days to hear his name called in the draft Allen knew that nothing would come easy, and he has shown that through his drive to get better on the field with his intense training regimen.
“You’ve just got to compete in everything you do,” Allen said. “Maybe that is a clichéd statement, but I really just think that’s how it’s got to be.”
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