A Change In The Air
Most of us are reluctant to see summer come to an end; the sun-soaked, lazy days are all too quickly coming to an end. The days are getting shorter, the air a bit crisper. However, that also means one thing for certain; football season is well on its way. With pre-season already underway, football fans around the country can start to get excited as their favorite players return to the field. This is especially true for fans of Tom Brady. Tom is one of the most beloved players of all time and not to mention, current reigning super bowl champ.
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Tom Brady - A Fairy Tale
The career of Tom Brady is a bit of a Cinderella story. Born in California on August 3rd 1977, Brady has come a long way to now be one of only two quarterbacks to earn five super bowl rings. He was once a sixth round draft pick in the 2000 draft after playing at Michigan State. Now Tom is a fifteen season-starter, who has seven super bowl appearances, the most of any player in history. Brady also boasts four super bowl MVP awards and twelve pro bowl appearances along with leading his team to fourteen division titles. Not to mention he also holds countless other football records. Not bad for a sixth round draft pick.
Workout like the GOAT
So how does he keep his edge? Simple, he works for it. While he is known more for his very unique and specific diet, Tom’s fitness routine is a bit more under the radar. He works with personal trainer Gunnar Peterson to stay fit and injury free during his offseason. Gunnar’s workouts for Brady focus on circuit training as well as high intensity interval training. Gunnar keeps the workouts fresh by alternating planes of movement. This keeps Tom’s whole body strong and helps to recruit the smaller muscles that tend to get overlooked.
Think you can workout like Brady? Aim for 10-12 reps of each exercise, resting15 seconds between exercises; repeat the whole thing two-three times!
Adapted via https://www.popworkouts.com/tom-brady-workout/
Dumbbell Chest Press: lie back on a bench and hold two dumbbells straight up in the air over your shoulders. Breathe and bend your arms to lower the dumbbells to your shoulders, then push back up.
Overhead Shoulder Press: stand or sit depending on your preference and then raise a dumbbell in each hand with your arms bent at 90-degree angles. Push the dumbbells up to the celling by straightening your arms. Return to start and then repeat the movement.
Dumbbell Curls: hold a dumbbell in each hand with your wrists facing forward and arms by the side of your torso. Breathe and use your biceps to pull the dumbbells up to your shoulders keeping your arms tucked in to your torso and elbows pointed toward the ground.
Lateral Dumbbell Raises: hold a dumbbell in each hand with wrists facing in to your torso, breathe and raise the dumbbells with straight arms so that your body forms a T shape, return the dumbbells to your sides and repeat.
Triceps Extensions: hold a dumbbell overhead with your arms straight, breathe and bend your elbows sending the dumbbell behind your head, while keeping your elbows parallel to each other and in close to your ears.
Reverse Crunches: get down on the floor and lie back with your feet in the air and arms over you chest. Using your abs raise your legs up in to the air so that your bum comes off the ground, then return to start.
Medicine Ball Push Ups: come in to a plank position with your shoulders over wrists, core tight and hips low. Place the medicine ball under one wrist and descend into a pushup sending your chest between your hands, push back up to the starting position and pass the ball to the other arm, repeat.
Stability Ball Crunches: sit on the first fourth of the Stability Ball with your feet firmly planted on the ground and arms behind head. Lay back on the ball and then use your abs to crunch to upright, and repeat.
Stability Ball Climbers: get into a forearm plank position on the stability ball, shoulders over elbows and core tight. Drive your legs forward to the ball one at a time in a running movement like a mountain climber.
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