Alternative Training Taking Hold

December 26th, 2011

Before training camp, Davin Joseph said lockout time for yoga and other alternative training unavailable at One Buc Palace would help him stay healthier this season. Apparently, it has.

Sure, is your sometimes-friendly, all-things-Bucs site, but occasionally Joe strays a little off path. And since this involves theFalcons, it’s not too far off track.

The New York Times ran a feature story yesterday on the Falcons’ fitness philosophy over the past handful of seasons, one that comines ancient stuff with modern concepts, filexibility, and revolutionary analysis mixed in. Joe recommends you read the whole piece.

The team’s fitness room evokes a workout gym in a bygone era. Players hoist kettlebells— cast-iron balls with handles — that date to ancient Greece. Other gear of a certain age includes medicine balls and jump rope.

“We’re pretty basic,” Cook said. With such accessories, he added, “you can get closer to the movements in competition.”

Until this year, tight end Tony Gonzalez skillfully charted his own fitness course, losing only two games to injuries in nearly 15 seasons.

In deference to his age, Gonzalez, 35, incorporated F.M.S. practices, with no regrets.

“I told Fish, ‘I wish I would have listened to you a little sooner,’ ” Gonzalez said.

The Falcons claim their way has led to fewer injuries, per the article, and about eight NFL teams have adopted some of their fundamentals.

That got Joe thinking about how Davin Joseph said the lockout helped him because he had more time to do yoga and other personal training not available at One Buc Palace, stuff he felt was better for his healing knee and foot.

Just something different to think about before this losing streak sends you to the Skyway.

9 Responses to “Alternative Training Taking Hold”

  1. hfxbuc Says:

    Joe I.highly recommend for further research into new training techniques. The earlier videos feature the originator and are award worthy

  2. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    I’m positive the Buc’s use kettle bells, jump rope and medicine balls as I have seen them using both in multiple “behind-the-seen” videos on the official Buccaneers website. I’m not sure if they are a part of the trainers workout programs, but they are certainly in the building.

    Either way, I have questioned the Buc’s strength and conditioning staff for the past three years. It seems the Bucs are always in the tops among injuries every season. Perhaps the big man(Kurtis Schultz was hired as the S&C coach in Morris’s first season) is not fit for the job he has been hired to do. With such a “state-of-the-art” facility, the number of injuries is alarming.

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Maybe they can develop a yoga program to help increase coaching skills and general manager skills. Oh, and one to develop ownership skills too. We need those things far more than we need player flexibility right now.

  4. Greg Says:

    A few years ago, Men’s Health did a sandbag training piece that involved the old Bucs S&C coach, where he stated the sandbag was the cornerstone of the Bucs off-season conditioning program. Since it worked, it would make sense that the current regime would discard it though.

  5. Adam Says:

    I actually saw the gym at One Buc Place when I went on a tour of the facility with the season ticket holders. It is GORGEOUS. I can’t vouch for how it is being USED, but the facility is top-notch. I’ll tell you, I’d love to have ONE afternoon where I could go and use that gym for ONE workout. Just ONE.

  6. hfxbuc Says:

    Damn you autocorrect!….The site I recommended is

  7. hfxbuc Says:

    Damn you autocorrect!….The site I recommended is

  8. Brandon Says:

    I have a feeling that Joe commenting on training techniques is like me making comments on the stock market.

  9. eric Says:

    didnt a train pull a car and parachute.

    or was that mr. t?