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Adrian Peterson Workout

Adrian Peterson Workout




Adrian Peterson workout routine is one of the most intense football training routines in all of the NFL. Adrian Peterson probably has the top muscle body in the NFL with his muscular chest, chiseled shoulders and arms, and ripped six pack abs.


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Many fitness enthusiasts would agree that Peterson has the perfect body. He has 
great muscular symmetry and knows how to utilize his strength on the football field.



The 6’1, 217 lb. running back for the Minnesota Vikings has some of the best credentials in the game as you can take a look here:

40 Time: 4.37 sec

Vertical Jump: 38.5”

Max Bench Press: 345 lbs.

Max Squat: 540 lbs.


However, what has established Peterson as a dominant runner in the league is his mental toughness, his ability to make explosive quick cuts, and his raw strength to carry defenders on his back while stiff-arming others. 


Peterson enjoys having a lean muscle body at 217 lbs. because that is where he is fastest with the most speed and acceleration allowing him to get into the open field whenever he hits the crease. 


He has such a tremendous work ethic and perhaps that is his biggest asset (along with his quads and hamstrings). It was even born in his DNA. As a youngster, he would take old water jugs he found lying around in his house, fill them with sand or water because he couldn't afford to buy weights, and he would tie a rope to them. He would then drag the jugs behind him at a dead sprint. Also, he would tie the jugs to either the end of a pole, put the pole on his back and do squats with them. He would also find the steepest hill he could find, and sprint up them full speed, then jog down, then run up it full speed backwards, then jog down, then do backward lunges up it. As you can see, you don't only need to use actual weights to build muscle and explosion (although they are preferred). As long as you have some sort of resistance on your body, your body will grow. Peterson took advantage of the immense benefits when it comes to doing sprints. With sprints, you can see more of an increase in your VO2 max and better changes in your physique than long distance running would do for you. Peterson obviously benefited from his sprints because just look at the player he has become!


He was born to dominate the gridiron and perform at the highest fitness levels and it all started with his work ethic.



You can see his 6 pack from a mile away!



While Peterson was at college at Oklahoma, he was known for his training. He would carry sleds up hills and perform box jumps while holding 80 lb. weights. He also worked with sand bags and did resistance training. He would make sure he would sprint in hilly terrain, making sure to run forward and backwards up the hill for an extended period of time. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that running uphill activates 9 percent more muscle each stride compared with running with the same intensity on flat ground.


Now, Peterson focuses on building functional strength and most importantly, being explosive in any way. He runs half-gashers across the field (sideline to sideline), three-trippers (over back and over), and sprints after practice. He doesn't do cardio on a treadmill or a bike, so he looks to run outside in any way that he can. Studies have confirmed that running on a treadmill or using a bike is easier than running outdoors. One of the reasons why is that a treadmill belt assists leg turnover, making it easier to run faster. It's also a lot easier to stop peddling when using an exercise bike. Running outside is a more natural movement and can better mimic the game of football. You play football outside for a reason...


He is a guy that brings a ton of intensity to the weight room. He has a max squat of 540 pounds, but rarely will show off. He says, "I try to create a different environment. I don't really say much, but guys are watching you, especially when you're in the position I'm in. That's not why I'm doing it; it's how I've always worked, and I've always had my mind set to be the best. And I know what it takes: hard work." He is known to do squats the day after a game. That's right folks, when the rest of the league can't even bare to move after a brutal Sunday game, Peterson is getting under 315 lbs. and repping them with perfect form for upwards of 15 reps. To recover from his games, he prefers cold tubs and massages.



Peterson is a big advocate of the bench press,
one of the best compound movements. 






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Since getting into the NFL, Peterson has changed his diet to baked foods such as a fish, chicken and potatoes. His supplements of choice are Cytosport supplements, specifically Muscle Milk.  According to Muscle & Fitness, a typical daily diet of his looks like this:

Breakfast: 4-5 egg whites, Low-fat bacon, Whole-grain pancakes

Preworkout: Cytomax Ready-to-Drink

Postworkout: 2 scoops Muscle Milk powder (Cookies'n Creme flavor)

Lunch: Baked chicken, Vegetables (carrots or green beans), & Rice

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast & Pasta

Nighttime snack: Muscle Milk Ready-to-Drink (Cookies'n Creme flavor)


As you can see, he gets a great balance of macronutrients and eats plenty of meals to give him enough energy throughout the day and to help his muscles repair. 



Peterson made the cover of Muscle & Fitness back in October 2008.
Peterson has never looked better. 






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Date Published : 2011-12-10 04:22:29
Written By : Jaret Grossman