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After redshirting behind Andrew Luck in 2011, Kevin Hogan emerged as one of the great quarterbacks in Stanford’s storied history, leading the Cardinal to a school-record 36 wins over a career culminating with a New Year’s Day Rose Bowl championship over Iowa.

If you’re a college athlete prepping to enter the NFL Draft, the NFL Combine is the biggest stage you will ever face. Each day leading up to the event is pivotal in your draft selection.

The player likely to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft is balancing on a foam roller with his arms and legs quivering. A few feet away, another potential top-five pick is doing push-ups with a heavy chain draped across his back.

Niners safety Dashon Goldson isn’t playing football these days, but it appears as if he’ll be in top condition whenever he returns to the field.

The VertiMax Raptor is quickly being adopted by elite athletes everywhere. Already on board are NFL teams, Division 1 universities, EXOS, Michael Johnson Performance, Proactive Sports Performance and Olympic athletes just to name a few.

How do you remain one of the fastest men in the NFL? Ryan Capretta tells you how his client Buffalo Bills star C.J. Spiller maintains his need for speed. C.J. Spiller is regarded as one of the fastest players in the NFL.

When it comes time to develop a workout program, training smart and efficiently are the keys. An athlete’s biomechanics, proper program design around injury prevention and establishing a progressive load all provide the blueprint for a successful program.

At Proactive Sports, we have been fortunate enough to train some of the fastest players in the game, from C.J. Spiller to Trae Waynes (second overall fastest 40 time at the 2015 NFL Combine).

Last week’s article, NFL trainer Ryan Capretta walked us through the foundation of a speed and agility program. This week, Capretta takes NFL Up! through the different phases to consider when designing a speed and agility program.

With the holiday season nearly wrapping up, New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. With that in mind, we at NFL Up! thought it would be perfect timing to go over nutrition. We have a basic nutrional walkthrough that should help you stay off the holiday treats or assist in building a new diet for next year.

One of the most common questions we get at Proactive Sports is how to tone and tighten the abdominal muscles. Here’s an at-home circuit you can do without any equipment.

“The hardest part was I tore it where the biceps tendon attaches, so in my rehab process, they were like, ‘No, you can’t do bicep curls,'” Mays told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “As a guy with meathead tendencies, not being able to do bicep curls – that was rough.”

At Athos, we’re always striving to gain deeper insights into the human body. To do that Athos partnered with ProActive, an elite sports performance institute that trains some of the top athletes in the world.

Forget Fitbit. Jettison Jawbone. Athos is the latest “smart” fitness system to hit the gym.On a rainy Thursday morning a few weeks ago, a dozen NFL hopefuls took over Proactive, a rooftop gym in Santa Ana, Calif.

The young defender, making his MLS debut and pressed into a starting role at center back because of an injury to Jelle Van Damme, scored on a header in the 54th minute to tie the game as the Galaxy went on to rack up an impressive 4-1 victory over D.C.

The ultimate goal was to assess the most important metric of the NFL combine: the 40-yard dash, and specifically the g-force attained in the first 10 yards. Proactive founder Ryan Capretta calls the first two steps of the dash the most valuable stat in the league.

In the back of a dimly lit ballroom at a midtown Manhattan hotel stands the 19-year-old many consider the most exciting talent among the incoming class of NBA rookies. He is 6-foot-5. He wears his hair in a small, fashionably tousled puff. He smiles broadly.

The ultimate goal was to assess the most important metric of the NFL combine: the 40-yard dash, and specifically the g-force attained in the first 10 yards. Proactive founder Ryan Capretta calls the first two steps of the dash the most valuable stat in the league.

For as long as I can remember, sports have been a major part of my life. From standing next to my dad on the sidelines at Agoura High School when I was two years old to starting my own career playing Pop Warner with the Conejo Cowboys..

Before your eyes go scrolling down to look for the answer, I’m going to break it to you now that there is no ‘secret’. Everyone, especially after setting their New Year’s resolutions, is looking for that quick fix to losing weight and getting in shape.

Colin Kaepernick performed the following workout, designed by Ryan Capretta of ProActive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, California, in the last few weeks of summer, just before NFL training camp.

Training Clay Matthews, Larry Fitzgerald, Colin Kaepernick and Dwight Freeney does not help you prepare young athletes for the NFL Scouting Combine. All of those accomplished NFL players have trained at my facility and experienced.

Marqise Lee toes the line with his left foot, kneels on his right knee and delicately places his hands on the ground in a sprinter’s position. A fighter jet zooms high overhead, leaving a white contrail as Lee raises himself into a start position, slowly brings his left arm back and then bursts into a hard run.

To physicists, power is force times velocity. To football fans, it’s Clay Matthews III—the spring-loaded, 255-pound driving force behind the Packers’ defense. In four seasons, Matthews has amassed 204 tackles and 42 sacks, won the NFC Defensive Player of the Year Award, and earned a Super Bowl ring.

Ryan Capretta is the found and director of Proactive Sports Performance. In 2006 Capretta left a fulltime strength and speed coaching position in the NFL to open Proactive Sports Performance.

Let’s get to work. The day started with a drive to the Santa Monica Mountains and what Capretta called a light jog (translation: We ran a mountain).

The difference came in working out at Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake, Calif., working out with clients like the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis, the New York Jets’ Antonio Cromartie…

What happens when you combine flawless football genetics with a walk-on’s relentless work ethic? Clay Matthews, the NFL’s best linebacker.

Dwight Freeney drops to a pushup position, but he doesn’t lift up. He just lies there in wait as his trainer smothers his back with 90 pounds of thick chains. Then he shoves his body up, and…

Indianapolis Colts’ defensive end Dwight Freeney(notes) spends a good portion of his offseason working out in Agoura, Calif., a small suburb just 30 miles north of Los Angeles

But all the NFL players training at Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village have one common goal – remaining in top physical condition to perform at a high level.

Eric Rogers, a wide receiver for the California Lutheran University football team, poses for his portrait in Thousand Oaks on Thursday as The Star’s and Male Athlete of the Fall.

Arrelious Benn, from University of Illinois, does a leg exercise and sprint workout in a sandpit while preparing for the NFL combine along with other collegiate players.

Antonio Cromartie, the Jets’ mercurial cornerback, does not have peaks. He has Himalayas. Cromartie does not have valleys. He has canyons. And some are indeed grand.

This fall, Ryan Capretta begins his fifth season as the strength and conditioning coach for the Pepperdine University men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Local trainer Ryan Capretta is one of five sports performance trainers sent to the Adidas headquarters in Germany.

Ricky Elmore runs a drill at the scouting combine on Feb. 28. Elmore was the third of the Packers’ three picks in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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