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How much better does “hitting the weight room” make an NFL player?

In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. brings on fitness expert Ross Read to talk through realistic expectations player growth in the offseason.

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How much stronger should we expect Sam Mustipher to get in one offseason?
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Hey everyone! Hope you’ve had a nice summer, because Training Camp is about to get underway!

In this episode of Bear With Me, I wanted to investigate a common thread you see in all realms of sports conversation — “How much stronger/faster/quicker can a player get in a single offseason?”

“Hitting the weight room” is commonly discussed with players like Sam Mustipher (needs to get stronger), Cole Kmet (needs to be quicker), and David Montgomery (needs to be faster), but realistically what should we expect? I brought on fitness expert Ross Read to answer exactly that in this week’s Bear With Me!

Throughout the show we discuss...

  • The difference between “strength” and “power”
  • The growth-plan of professional athletes throughout their careers
  • The cost of improvements to “quickness”
  • David Montgomery’s rumored speed increases
  • The affect of player weight/size on durability
  • General injury prognoses across the roster
  • And much, much more...

Check out the show and let us know what you think!


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