Brian Urlacher Workout
Brian Urlacher’s workout training routine focuses on high volume training at high altitude for the purpose of increasing muscular endurance and fat burning. According to a feature in STACK Magazine, Urlacher goes through such training during his off-season. Air in higher altitudes has less oxygen. When there isn’t much oxygen available, oxygen deprivation in muscle tissue occurs, known as hypoxia. With this lack of oxygen comes muscle fatigue. However, this is only temporary. The body will then produce erythropoietin (EPO). This causes the body to produce additional red blood cells, which carry oxygen-rich blood to muscles for additional energy. Therefore, when Urlacher returns to sea level, his extra red blood cells are able to transport more oxygen than normal, thereby delaying muscle fatigue. This is exactly what Urlacher needs to get him through an extremely vigorous NFL game.
Urlacher also uses resistance when he runs. As you can
see here, someone pulls back Urlacher as he runs. This
helps with power and explosion on runs, directly translating
to the football field.
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The 6'4, 258 lb. Urlacher always starts his workout with a ballistic warm-up that includes 15-20 movements to warm-up the core and quick foot ladders. This also helps wake up the entire body. Ballistic exercises help develop explosiveness and power. This really recruits the fast-twitch muscle fibers and helps prepare the body for explosive movements and to prime the muscles for the working sets.
Urlacher does a lot of compound lifts to build up his strength and
Urlacher’s workouts were broken down into a push-pull regimen that was constantly changing with reps, sets and exercises. Such a change is good because your muscles never know what's coming next. This can certainly add to more muscle growth. Urlacher’s rest time was at 25 seconds (the same time of a typical NFL huddle) between each set and one minute between each exercise. This helps to mimic the pace of an NFL game and to condition his body for whatever happens on the football field.
Urlacher has been one of the most dominating defensive players of the past decade. The Chicago Bears linebacker was selected to six Pro Bowls and was named the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
NOTE: This is only part of Brian Urlacher's workout routine, in which we offer some additional commentary to his regimen. To see the whole routine and to go more in-depth with athlete workouts, be sure to check out STACK Magazine
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