Monday, September 6, 2010

Brett Favre's Workout Routine

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 22: Brett Favre  of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before their preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 22, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The man, the myth, the legend, the guy who skips training camp but can lead you to the NFC Championship game is back. Favre is one of my favorite athletes in the NFL. He's probably the first athlete I can remember who I am old enough to see start in the league and hopefully by the end of my 20s, retire from the league. Everyone has a favorite Favre moment, and mine is the Oakland game. Favre's trainer has played a huge role in keeping up Brett's consecutive game streak:

"During the three weeks before training camp, Croner and Favre kicked the program into high gear, focusing on exercises that are quarterback-specific. Five days a week, they got up at 7 a.m. and prepared for a 60- to 75-minute workout that simulated what Favre might go through in a typical game."

"When they first got together, Favre's ankle was in fairly solid shape, and Croner's only concern was rebuilding its strength. From the start, they began working on Favre's overall conditioning, working primarily with movement drills designed to increase the quarterback's endurance and stretch his muscles."

Favre, who has maintained his weight at around 220 pounds, doesn't run sprints or hills or miles around the track.

"He works with medicine balls, bungee ropes and different kinds of weights to build up his strength and endurance. Instead of countless stomach crunches, he two-hands a medicine ball against a wall, making sure his form is proper and his feet and legs are involved."

"Using bungee ropes tied to Favre's waist, he had the quarterback drop back to pass under resistance. Sometimes it was a three-step drop, other times it was a five- or seven-step drop. Sometimes it was a rollout. Each repetition was timed precisely to coincide with how long Favre would have to get back to the line of scrimmage in a real game."
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