Gronk and Brady Share Secrets of Staying in Shape for a Long NFL Season


The New England Patriots are a team with big name players and big physical players. Some of the best of the game reside with the Super Bowl Champions, with two of the biggest names being Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, both of which were keys to last seasons Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, AZ.

Both players already are hard at work for the 2015 season, and both have to make sure not only to stay hydrated on those hot days of training camp that kickoff in July, but also have to make sure to eat well and take vitamins and supplements to help their diets.

For Brady, who talked to awhile back about his diet, he says it’s all about hitting the weights and also getting in the right amount of cardio.

During the season I typically lift weights four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I take off Wednesday, Saturday and obviously we play most Sundays. I also do 40-60 minutes of cardio six days per week in order to improve my conditioning.

I try to mix up my cardio using a variety of machines like the stepper, precor, as well as some running. In the off-season I still do cardio six days per week 40-60 minutes per day but I do more running than in-season. In the off-season I also switch my weight lifting over to a routine more so orientated toward strength and my sessions are usually about 25% longer since my body isn’t beat up from playing.

Ted Harper is the Patriots team nutritionist, and has been for the past three seasons, and told it’s important to keep their protein levels up with the use of shakes.

He works long hours to craft unique meal plans for each player, determining what they need to eat and drink at different points during the day in order to help them maximize their potential on the field.

“It’s like taking care of 53 guys, 53 large men, as if you had a family,” Harper said. “They’re my family. Not only do you have to keep them fueled, but it’s giving them specific things, and making sure it’s food to get them football ready.”

Keeping up 53 players isn’t easy, and Harper’s job is one that requires hours of prep to make sure each superstar is getting enough in the way of amino acid products and staying hydrated.

Another player that watches his eating and workout routine is tight end Rob Gronkowki. He told Men’s Fitness that it’s making sure there’s enough protein to put on muscle and keep his weight up for the season.

I have tuna and chicken. Those are two great sources of protein, which you need to rebuild your muscles after you break them down on the practice field and in the weight room. The tuna also has omega-3 fatty acids to help you recover.

Take it from two of the Pats best, keeping in shape for the season is a 24/7/365 job. One that comes with plenty of dedication.

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