Something’s in the air

It’s that time of year, the days get shorter, the air gets colder and Sundays are once again dominated by football. It’s safe to say it’s officially football season and the athletes are back and ready to take the field. Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers is no exception. Born in 1983, the native Californian played high school football before going on to attended University of California Berkeley where he continued to gain notoriety for his football talent. With an impressive collegiate career under his belt Rodgers, attracted plenty of attention from the NFL, becoming the 24th overall draft pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2005.

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Second String No More

From 2005-2007 he played back up to the famed Brett Favre, until Rodgers got his shot to start in the 2008 season. He then went on to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2010, also earning himself the title of the Super bowl MVP. In 2011 he was named the associate press athlete of the year as well as the league MVP for the 2011 and 2014 seasons along with an impressive amount of other league records. He holds records as the all time career leader in passing rating during the regular-season and fourth all time in post-season. Rodgers also claims the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history as well as the lowest passing interception percentage for a quarterback in the regular season.

Off the field

Rodgers has been called one of the fittest quarterbacks in the leagues. His workouts involve everything from the classic squat to TRX training, weightlifting and even yoga. He also incorporates body weight training into his workouts and makes sure his workouts don’t overstress his shoulders. Rodgers also includes cardio into his workouts in bursts of high intensity intervals and sprinting and boxing drills. Think you can workout like the pro? Try this Aaron Rodgers shoulder and core focused workout, go for three rounds.

Workout via: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines/aaron-rodgers-quarterback-workout-build-rock-solid-core

High pull – Grab a barbell with you arms about twice shoulder width apart and the barbell hanging just at your thighs. Bend your knees so that the barbell comes down to knee height and powerfully extend your hips while pulling the bar to shoulder level with elbows wide. Go for 8 reps.

One Arm overhead press – Stand with a weight at shoulder level with core tight and press the weight up overhead, then repeat on the other side. Do 12 reps per side.

Pushup – Come into a plank position with shoulders over wrists, hips in line with spine and core tight. Breathe and bend your elbows keeping your arms in to your torso and sending your chest to the floor. Go for 8 reps.

Plank Taps – Stay in the plank position with your core tight and tap your opposite hand to opposite shoulder. Try to keep your hips steady and in line with your spine. Do 8 reps each side.

Band dislocation – hold a resistance band taught by the tubing with hands just outside shoulder width apart. Raise your hands up overhead and then behind your head as far as your shoulders will comfortably go keeping your arms straight throughout the movement. Then rotate the arms back to their starting position.

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Weighted sit up – Lie back on the floor holding a weight at your chest with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Tuck your chin to your chest and use your core to pull yourself up to a siting position. Go for 16 reps.

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