In the NFL, there really is no offseason.
But instead of being on the gridiron, these guys are crushing it in the gym.
The offseason gives players the chance to add new methods to their offseason training and to fine-tune the things they’re best at. Whether it’s Russell Wilson adding boxing workouts to his extensive routine or David Johnson crushing 500lb squats, these players know what it takes to get ready for the season.
Here’s how 13 NFL players are pumping up for the 2017 season.
Russell Wilson might be on the shorter side for quarterbacks in the NFL—among other all-time QB greats under 6-feet—but he’s as shredded as anyone in the league. Wilson added boxing to his workout routine for the 2017 offseason and he’s looking jacked because of it. Wilson uses box jumps, front squats, kettlebell lunges, bench press work, Romanian deadlifts, triceps extensions, dumbbell stepups, row workouts, and lots of speed training in his routine.
“I’ve really focused on my leg strength in recent years,” Wilson said to Men's Fitness. “When you're growing up, you always think that your upper body strength and everybody is testing your best thing, your bench max and all that kind of stuff. As a quarterback, it's really more so leg strength, core strength, shoulder stability, and core stability. The thing that I really pride myself on is mobility—my mobility and flexibility. I'm constantly working out those areas.”
While Beckham gets lots of attention for his antics on the field (and sometimes off the field), the Giants wideout is one of the hardest-working players in football. Beckham is constantly training in the offseason, getting in work with trainer Jamal Liggin and going hard in the gym. Beckham uses Liggin’s famous tennis ball drill, as well as box jumps, dumbbell workouts, back squats, med ball workouts, resistance band drills, footwork drills, and much more in his training routine.
“Odell is ready to work, no matter what the situation is,” Liggin told Men’s Fitness. “One time, he landed in Los Angeles at midnight and called me up to do a workout. We ended up doing an intense session from 2 a.m to 4 a.m. That’s the kind of guy Odell is and how dedicated he is.”
The 6'1", 225-lb running back has emerged as the best dual-threat player in the NFL, leading the league 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns. Johnson showed off his strength in 2016 with a 500lb squat in the weight room last season along with some massive 51-inch box jumps. For his size, he might have the strongest legs in the league.. In the photo, he shows off the box jumps and sled pull workouts that keep him explosive and strong.
The Oakland Raiders star and 2016 NFL defensive player of the year is only getting better. Mack works as hard as anyone in the weight room during the offseason, using kettlebell workouts, powerlifting, sled training, and plyometric workouts to keep himself strong.
“Over each offseason, my training is mostly the same stuff, but I try and tweak it with a different approach,” Mack said to Men’s Fitness. “My workouts start with a really good stretching session. After that, I fire up some of my smaller muscles to get them ready for the next part of my workout. I love kettlebell workouts and pushing the sled—I’ve been doing a lot of that this offseason—along with heavy sets of pushups and situps.”
Even though he had the Gronk-iest year ever—filled with parties, chugging beer, and all the fun things Gronk likes to do—Rob Gronkowski didn’t skip out on the gym one bit. The New England Patriots tight end is one of the best receivers in the league, and one of the most shredded football players, too. Here he gets in an intense workout filled with battle ropes, chest moves, pullups, dumbbell moves, and more. Gronk also is trying out the Tom Brady diet—but of course, he's not giving up booze.
Check out the video at Gronk’s Instagram profile.
The Rams running back came into the league with sky high expectations and he’s delivered for Los Angeles, giving the team a star to build around. Gurley’s bruising running style is punishing for opposing defenses, and that’s because he works hard in the gym to get strong for the season. This offseason, Gurley used medicine ball workouts, sand speed training, resistance drills, and hex bar deadlifts to stay in shape.
“My favorite exercises are squats and my least favorite to do is upper-body stuff,” Gurley told Men’s Fitness. “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."
The 6'5”, 289-pound Houston Texans superstar and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is coming off of a serious injury, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing it in the weight room. Watt uses box jumps, med ball slams, 1,000 lb tire flips, back squats, sprinting drills, explosive jumps, shoulder shrugs, and sled workouts
"To stay versatile and explosive, you have to bounce around,” Watt told Men’s Fitness. I do long, extensive workouts and we go all over the place—from the field, to the weight room, to different surfaces. It all plays a part."
Check out 11 times Watt fired up Instagram with his workouts and see the gallery post from his profile page.
The Denver Broncos linebacker and fashion-forward NFL star is an absolute beast on the field—and in the gym.
Miller spent his offseason working out with NFL trainer Jamal Liggin—the man who makes football players into shredded speed freaks—doing medicine ball workouts on the beach, pullups at the park, and tennis ball drills at the playground.
"Core and legs are always the priority for me," Miller said to Men's Fitness. During the offseason, he works out three to five hours per day (broken up into multiple workouts), and he’s a fan of high-intensity training to help keep his fat burn high and rev up his metabolic engine. “One of my favorites is pulling a tire. I also enjoy the different explosive jumping movements with the acceleration and deceleration drills we do.”
See the post at Miller’s Instagram profile.
Electric Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has become one of the biggest stars in the NFL. His physical skills are nearly unmatched—so it's no wonder he spends plenty of time in the gym, staying in shape using medicine ball workouts, side planks, back squats, dumbbell workouts, lunges, on-field agility drills, and band workouts.
“You've got to take care of your body—you’ve got to make those commitments to get in the gym, and make sure you make those commitments to working out and staying strong,” Brown told Men’s Fitness during the 2016 season. “I try to keep my in-season workouts as intense as the offseason, making sure my feet are in shape, and make sure I'm still getting the same lifts.”
See the post at Miller’s Instagram profile.
No one in the NFL likes hitting the gym more than James Harrison. And no one in the NFL likes posting about his work in the gym more than James Harrison.
Harrison works out obsessively and loves hitting big lifts and crushing big weight in the gym. Whether it’s dumbbell workouts with 110lb weights, hitting the bench press with chains on the barbell, squatting with massive weight, doing med ball slams, kettlebell swings, or hip thrusts with huge amounts of weight on the barbell, Harrison is always ready to get in the gym.
The New Orleans Saints running back spent his offseason using boxing to get himself ready for the 2017 season. Ingram worked out with Florida-based trainer Tony Villani and his crew at XPE Sports Academy and he looks ripped and ready to hit the field.
Transitioning from a quarterback to a wide receiver takes work—and that’s why Terrelle Pryor got himself a nice new contract from the Washington Redskins. The former Ohio State star has taken to social media to show off his workouts, including late night core training, agility drills, band workouts, dumbbell step ups, bent over rows, yoga, stability ball drills, and sand workouts.
As a young receiver, Sterling Shepard learned all he could during his rookie season from veterans like Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. The lessons worked: Shepard ranked second in the NFL among rookies in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches, and now he’s looking for more. Shepard uses single-leg squats, Kaiser machine workouts, on-field agility drills, and strength training in his workouts.
“I feel good about where my strength is, but I want to get faster, more explosive for next season,” Shepard told Men’s Fitness. “I’ve been doing a lot of speed work on the treadmill, strengthening my smaller muscles. I want to build on my first season and continue to get faster and stronger.”
New York Giants star Landon Collins is one of the hardest hitters in the NFL—along with these other 12 ferocious dudes—and it's due to the hard work he does in the gym. Here Collins does a sled pull workout and builds up his strength for the 2017 season.
Check out the video at Collins' Instagram profile.
The Jaguars wideout had a down season in 2016 while missing five games, and it looks like he’s using that as motivation as he prepares for 2017. Hurns has teased his workouts on Instagram, including med ball workouts, strength training, and agility drills.