• And One

    This ain’t no luau. This ain’t no clambake. This ain’t no foolin’ around.

  • mark

    These videos are new to me (or maybe just new) but it seems like the team is working their asses off. Are these workouts consistent with years past?

  • TomJameson

    The workouts have always been pretty intense, but these are different in their design. This is the first year for the sandpits. Most of the workouts seem to focus a little more on conditioning.

  • RKJackson23

    This is the first year for the oxygen deprivation masks which simulate being at high altitudes and will (hopefully) dramatically improve conditioning. The sandpits are new this year as well and work a lot of muscles that don’t get worked during weightlifting sessions. Think of it as total body conditioning. As much as we like to run in our offense, I’d say these are major factors in improving our overall stamina and should run teams down. Let’s hope the defense is much improved, too!

  • David Macer

    Mark, that depends how far back you go. In the 70’s, no way. Lots of agility drills like you see with moving your feet. Lots of sprints and distance running as well. I led several of these sessions once school started as a former manager since coaches could not participate and we didn’t have dedicated fitness or weight training coaches.

  • David Macer

    Well played David Byrne !!

  • Shaggy_C

    Still not sure if I’m convinced about the sand. Seems like a great way to turn an ankle and risk doing some serious damage. It makes me wince to see Collin Hartman out there doing lateral moves in the sand with his bum knee…*shudder*

  • Kyl470

    Nice to see JBJ in the video. Guess he has recovered enough from surgery to workout with the team.

  • RKJackson23

    The sand workouts are much better for the ankles, joints and muscles. It’s a lot softer than the wood courts and way more forgiving. It’s tougher as well because of the softness of the sand.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Man I cannot wait until volleyba–errrr…umm…basketball season starts 😀

  • Maybe you’re thinking Colin should just sit on the sidelines and watch. Poor little boy might hurt hisself… Hey anyone knows to do stuff this that is to strengthen tendons, joints, fast twitch muscle groups. Why do you think the players in the NFL work so hard at rigorous exercises like this? It decreases risk of injury, not increases it.

  • pbhuff

    While the masks are marketed as “high altitude” simulators, I’ve read they may not be doing that as most research suggests that the benefits of high altitude are due to the body adapting over MONTHS of constant low oxygen. Though, this is not to say that the masks are pointless. I think the biggest benefit is that it could train a person to breath more “efficiently” especially during periods of intense exertion. Also, it could push the aerobic system with less physical strain, meaning less wear and tear on the body and faster muscle recovery after the work out.

  • RKJackson23

    Yes, that’s basically what it is. It makes it harder for them to breath with the mask on so they use they oxygen more efficiently. That’s the basis of the mask. You are correct.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    he looks a step faster (laterally) than last year too. Same for several others.