The All-Pro Endurance Challenge
The typical NFL play lasts only about four seconds, so players need to be extremely fast in short bursts. "However, guys have to be able to maintain that quickness over four quarters," says Todd Durkin, the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego and off-season trainer for Saints running back Darren Sproles. That's no easy feat, considering a single game can last three-plus hours. To make sure he's ready for the season, Durkin tests Sproles' total-body muscular endurance with this fast-pace, three-move circuit. Want to see how you compare to one of the fittest men in football? Watch the video below to see how to perform the drill, and then let us know your time in the comments below.
The Sproles Standard: 3:52
Here's how it works: Jump rope 50 times, and then immediately perform 25 pushups as fast as you can. To finish the circuit, grab a 24-kg kettlebell and do 25 swings. Complete each move back-to-back with no rest. That's 1 round. Complete 3 rounds as quickly as possible.
Too difficult? Cut the reps in half, do star jumps instead of jumping rope, or use a lighter kettlebell.