Look Good and Feel Great

Ripped, shredded, jacked to the max, and yoked. If you take one look at today’s NFL athletes those are some of the terms that come to mind. They have to be in top physical shape because they play the most violent game on the planet and their careers can be painfully short. 

Many of these specimens resemble bodybuilders with dazzling athletic ability. They don’t push weights and endure cardio routines for the aesthetics, although there is little doubt that is a first-class fringe benefit, they do it to hone their skill set and make those fast-twitch muscles even twitchier. 

And while the rest of us are not blessed with stellar athleticism, we can certainly make the most of what we have and rip a page right out of their playbooks. Mercifully, the NFL season is back and the pros are ready for the games and people are already making their NFL picks on a weekly basis while the season is up and running this means that we get the pleasure to watch our favorites pros and teams on the field and imitate their workouts in the gym. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what some of the NFL stars are doing to maintain their stunning physiques and elite football skills.

Russell Wilson – Quarterback – Seattle Seahawks

In addition to the usual bench pressing and preacher curls, the 5’11” powerhouse has incorporated boxing into his routine to engage his entire body in a symphony of cardio conditioning. Romanian deadlifts, lat pulldowns combined with rows, to name just a few, have broadened his torso and built the foundation for him to take a season full of NFL caliber hits. 

However, his dedication to leg strength and conditioning is what he attributes much of his success. “I’ve really focused on my leg strength in recent years,” Wilson said to Men’s Fitness. “When you’re growing up, you always think that your upper body strength and everybody is testing your best thing, your bench max, and all that kind of stuff. As a quarterback, it’s really more so leg strength, core strength, shoulder stability, and core stability. The thing that I really pride myself on is mobility—my mobility and flexibility. I’m constantly working out those areas.”

Khalil Mack – Linebacker – Chicago Bears

The Oakland Raiders’ fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has been a one-man wrecking crew since entering the league and he is so dominating that the Chicago Bears traded away two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and a sixth-round pick to the Raiders in order to procure his services. His tackling has been labeled as flat out violent by some of the game’s most feared players and he is as ubiquitous on the gridiron as he is in the gym. 

“Over each offseason, my training is mostly the same stuff, but I try and tweak it with a different approach,” Mack stated. “My workouts start with a really good stretching session. After that, I fire up some of my smaller muscles to get them ready for the next part of my workout. I love kettlebell workouts and pushing the sled—I’ve been doing a lot of that this offseason—along with heavy sets of pushups and sit-ups.”

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Todd Gurley – Running back – Atlanta Falcons

The Los Angeles Rams selected the fleet-footed phantom from the University of Georgia as the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft and he repaid them by being voted to three Pro Bowls during his five years with the team. Gurley is now plying his trade with the Atlanta Falcons but his devotion to his workouts never wavers regardless of his locale. 

“My favorite exercises are squats and my least favorite to do is upper-body stuff,” Gurley commented. “I’m always squatting when I work out. I try and switch it up every week, but I do a lot of quad exercises, leg extensions, deadlifts, and hamstring curls to help build muscle, my core, and gain stamina. Lower body, always do lower body—never skip a leg day.”

Von Miller – Linebacker – Denver Broncos

When you’re blessed with a genetic profile that would shame Adonis and gifted with the physical tools to make you one of the most menacing defensive players on the planet, you might just be Denver Broncos’ outside linebacker, Von Miller. 

Selected as the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Miller has been wreaking havoc on the gridiron professionally for 10 years which is a lifetime for that position. The 31-year-old has been named an eight-time Pro Bowler and has a Super Bowl ring to his name. So what keeps his motor running after all the punishment he has not only doled out but taken as well?

Miller explained, “Core and legs are always the priority for me. One of my favorites is pulling a tire. I also enjoy the different explosive jumping movements with the acceleration and deceleration drills we do.”

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