J.J. Watt is back.
Following a nightmare 2016 season that saw the Houston Texans defensive end play just three games after suffering a herniated disc, Watt is looking as shredded as ever.
Watt’s been beat up over last two years—he suffered torn abdominal muscles, two herniated disk injuries, torn abductors, and a broken hand—but now that he’s through rehab and back in the gym, the 6'5”, 289-pound athletic beast thinks 2017 could be his best season yet.
“I got a little bit more of a jump on the offseason because I didn’t play, so I’m stronger at this point than I’ve been before,” Watt told Men’s Fitness. “I obviously had a difficult year last year, but I’m back into a regular training program and regular offseason program—it’s very good to be back in the gym just working.”
In January, Watt took to social media to show off his ripped physique. A couple weeks later he was cleared for all football activities:
— STACK (@STACKMedia) January 24, 2017
Watt’s explosiveness and speed are major reasons why he’s been a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner. If Watt can stay healthy, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in the running for a fourth award in 2017. Watt’s versatility and explosiveness make him absurdly difficult for offensive linemen to block and his training reflects that.
“My routine covers everything from flexibility, to power, to speed, to agility, it’s not always lifting in the gym,” Watt said. “It’s a fast-paced workout with a lot of different moving parts. We got from the field to the weight room and back again. It’s very comprehensive, including all the little muscles that an athlete needs to work on, not necessarily all the main things everybody thinks about.”
Watt previously set a personal-best of 61" on the box jump and he’s looking to set more personal records in 2017.
Here are J.J. Watt’s 11 best Instagram workout moments:
11. Watt shows off his delts before a big lift:
10. Watt's biceps look massive as he loads up with weight plates:
9. Watt loads up the sled and gets in a stadium run for a workout:
8. You have to be tough to deal with a bruise like this:
7. Watt gets ready for a workout:
6. Watt's box jump personal record is 61 inches. Here, he gives another one a try:
5. Yeah, Watt is pretty damn shredded:
4. Okay, Watt isn't really lifting anything here, but it's Arnold—who also happens to be a fan of sharing his workouts on social media:
3. Watt's explosion was as strong as ever after surgery in 2016:
2. As Watt laid out for Men's Fitness in 2016, tire flips are a big part of his workout routine—and he likes the 1,000-lb variety:
1. Watt loads up a massive back squat: