One of the most exciting young running backs in the league, Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller is also one of the fittest players in the NFL. The 5'11", 197-pound running back runs a blazing-fast 4.37 40 and his broad jump of 10'6" at Clemson’s Pro Day helped make him the ninth overall draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He’s as explosive and fun to watch as anyone in the league and, the scary thing is, this 24-year-old running back is only going to get better and better. Spiller, who rushed for 933 yards this past season, agreed to chat with Men’s Fitness a while back to give us a little insight into what he does to stay in peak physical condition.
“I do a lot of exercising,” the former Clemson All-America told us. “I take great pride in running and having my endurance at the highest peak. I also watch what I eat very closely. I’m a picky and healthy eater. I’ve always been told ‘You’ve only got one heart, so take good care of it.’”
In the off-season, Spiller even practices a form of mixed martial arts training to help keep his body running smoothly.
“I go out to California,” he said, “where we do the MMA training. It’s just a different aspect of trying to get that conditioning right and pushing yourself when you don’t think you can go anymore. That’s something I just started doing when I came into the NFL, so I was glad to be a part of that.”
Spiller also said he pulls sleds and runs hills to maintain his incredible speed. “When I’m in California training, they have the sand dunes and we do a lot of workouts there as well. Even when I do take a little mini-vacation, I’ll wake up early and go run on the beach.”
Take a break when you’re on those vacations, C.J. You have a long and bright NFL career ahead of you.
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