Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley is redefining the running back position in the NFL.
The 6’1”, 227-pound workhorse has a combination of power and speed that makes him one of the hardest players in the league to tackle.
Whether he’s speeding untouched through the hole for a massive gain, hurdling over opponents to avoid a tackle, breaking through defenders for touchdowns, or tossing Packers linebacker Clay Matthews aside with ease, Gurley has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.
Need more proof? Just watch this brilliant run from Week 3 of the 2016 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Gurley uses his fantastic agility to deftly maneuver through a shifting line, bursting past a defender before twisting his way past another two defenders to gain an extra 10 yards before going down:
Some guys just have more talent than anyone else like Todd Gurley pic.twitter.com/vR317FjIXf
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) September 27, 2016
Plays like that are why Gurley stands apart from his NFL counterparts at his position. And while the former Georgia Bulldog is key player for the Rams as they settle into their new city, he’s not taking anything for granted. Sure he's got the ability. But he also trains five to six days per week in the offseason and has an intense focus when he’s in the gym.
“We mix it up quite a bit—upper body, lower body, leg workouts," Gurley says. Gurley uses a range of exercises to get himself strong and stay in shape, including barbell back squats, deadlifts, box jumps, and glute raises.
“My favorite exercises are squats and my least favorite to do is upper-body stuff,” says Gurley. “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."
Gurley spoke to Men’s Fitness about his training and revealed some of the essential exercises he uses to dominate on the field.