Warren is unique to many NBA players in terms of body control and ability to create shots where none exists. It’s good when nationally renowned player development coaches feel the same way, as does David Thorpe, the Executive Director of Pro Training Center.

C.J. Wilcox is one of the best three-point shooters in the history of men’s college basketball. His shooting stroke has given the University of Washington Huskies a new life after a 10-day vacation against other opponents. The first day back from vacation, they had a hostile test playing at the San Diego State Aztecs.

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.

Lamarr Houston knows it’s still circulating — the ridicule, the mockery, the easy-access YouTube footage. He understands the critics have attached the harshest of labels to his first season as a Bear.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — When I go from camp to camp every summer, I often ask what players did in the offseason to get better. In the Packers camp, the emphasis hasn’t been as much about skill improvement.

“I never needed anything like that to make myself work even harder, but it did,” added Payton. “Seeing guys like that coming from a mid-major lets you know it can be done.”

Although the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers play in the same division, Paul George and Reggie Jackson are close friends off the court. Over the summer, the two vacationed together in Spain. And to be fair, they had plenty of reason to celebrate. Both are coming off the best seasons of their NBA careers.

Rutherford began putting serious work toward his baseball future entering his sophomore year at Chaminade. It was then that he started training with Ryan Sorensen at Proactive Sports Performance, located about halfway between L.A. and Oxnard, Calif. Sorensen had worked with other baseball stars like Nick Swisher and Christian Yelich.

There were days this past July when Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin wished he had followed coach Lovie Smith’s advice and put football up on a shelf somewhere and gone kayaking or hiking. Tuesdays and Thursdays, in particular, were such days. Known as “leg days’’ at the Proactive Sports Performance training complex in Santa Ana, California, those were the days Martin spent trying to replenish the power in the legs that betrayed him the past two years.

Baker played a total of 40 defensive snaps in the Arizona Cardinals first eight regular season games. Now, unlike many of his counterparts, Baker was seeing a solid chance to contribute on special teams and did so, but he was still working little to none game-to-game as a safety.

Dripping sweat, he squats across from a one-man blocking sled. Without warning, he violently collides with his imaginary opponent, driving it downfield. When it’s all said and done, he may push the sled a total of 300 yards—an exhausting workout in and of itself. It looks like a punishment, but the player is inflicting this pain upon himself. And he does it after every single practice.

In many ways, 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns is like the kid he was two years ago when he was a high schooler. Only now he has money, fame, far more muscle, and, from the looks of it, better posture.

As soon as the Los Angeles Rams hired Sean McVay in January 2017, the new head coach realized the importance of making the necessary adjustments to the offensive line since that was going to be the only way former No. 1 pick Jared Goff was going to reach his true potential. As a rookie, Goff was at a major disadvantage playing behind a horrendous offensive line along with a weak receiving corps, but luckily McVay and the Rams were able to land with one of the top free agents once March rolled around in Andrew Whitworth.

The team allowed just 3,032 yards, lowest in the FBS. Their 12.5 points allowed per game ranked second only to Alabama. Jabrill Peppers grabbed most of the headlines, but Chris Wormley was the quiet cornerstone of Michigan’s elite defense.

He left USC as a question mark, an enormously talented player who needed to mature. Eight years later, Everson Griffen is a grown up and one of the NFL’s most dynamic pass rushers.

Kenny Clark knows he worked hard to get to where he is today. As a kid, he was dealt a tough hand when his father went to prison. This might cause some people to lose focus on their goals, but for Clark, his experiences gave him the mental toughness to become one of the top defensive tackles in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Webb may be the most well-prepared quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft class. Some players grind their way through the monotonies of board work, film study, playbook installation and the like, but Webb lives for it and prospers in it. “Football isn’t a hobby of mine. I’m an addict,” Webb told STACK.

As the opening line from Michael Lewis’ book The Blind Side goes: “from the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bone is closer to four seconds than to five.” And while that particular statement seems overly dramatic in 2018, the sentiment behind it is still as relevant as it was back in 2006.

An injury that limited quarterback Aaron Rodgers to seven games got most of the blame for Green Bay’s downturn. But the Packers also seemed to miss the signal-caller’s leadership.

Matthews has had his share of good moments, including an outstanding second season, showing why he is trusted to protect Matt Ryan. But there have been some noticeable hiccups over the past three years, some related to Matthews having to rebound from significant injuries.

The primary media focus of the current NFL Scouting Combine is identifying who will go in the first round of next April’s draft, but Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase on Wednesday talked about the team’s plans for last year’s first-round pick Charles Harris.

The former Oklahoma quarterback touched upon multiple topics during the six-minute interview with Jerry Ramsey and former OU players Gabe Ikard and Kelly Gregg.

Hughes did a lot of that for UCF during their march to a 13-0 season. In addition to his electric abilities as a return man (he totaled three returns for touchdowns in 2017), he’s also a lockdown cornerback. Hughes recorded 49 tackles, 4 interceptions and 11 passes defended for the Knights last season—a stunning accomplishment when you consider he’s only been playing corner since his senior year of high school. One reason he’s been able to pick up the notoriously difficult position so quickly? His background as a quarterback, he says.

GREEN BAY — Now that he has established himself as one of the top young safeties in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is trying to make an impact off the field.

He’s not just a workout warrior, either. Perine leaves OU as the program’s all-time rushing yardage leader. His 4,122 career rushing yards rank ahead of Sooner greats like Adrian Peterson and Billy Sims (who won the Heisman Trophy in 1978). But for all the incredible things he’s capable of in the weight room and on the football field, you won’t hear Perine say one word about it himself. He’s as humble as they come. Another fun fact? He’s watched one televised football game in the last five years.

The Vikings entered the divisional round of the playoffs as the home team and the favorite, which didn’t quite seem fitting for a team well past its days of megastar offensive players like Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper, and Adrian Peterson. By the last play of the game though, Minnesota had managed to find a way to stack the deck against themselves to the point of it being a virtual certainty that they would lose.

Hawkins proceeded to have arguably the best game of his career. He led USC with 13 tackles, more than twice the number of the next closest player. Two were for losses. He had one forced fumble. During USC’s goal-line stand in the fourth quarter, he may have prevented a touchdown when he came around the backside of Stanford’s line to tackle Bryce Love in the backfield.

At 6’3”, 250 pounds, the defensive star combines strength, speed, agility, and power like no other player in the league. Miller has been on the rise since coming out of Texas A&M and he credits his dominance at the linebacker position to his work ethic off the field.

Defensive tackle Montravius Adams and linebacker Vince Biegel were expected to factor into the rotation at their respective positions this past season after Green Bay selected them in the third and fourth round, respectively.

A few short years later and Taumoepenu is now a legitimate prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. His journey has been nothing short of improbable, and his miraculous transformation from a Tongan fruit farmer into one of the Pac-12’s most-feared sack artists happened in a flash. This is Pita Tauomoepenu’s incredible Path to the Pros.

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

Kaley Cuoco’s doctor is upset with her. A few weeks afterThe Big Bang Theory star’s post-wedding shoulder surgery this summer, she began posting videos of her one-arm workouts. They included squats and hauling what looks like a giant sled across a parking lot as she sweats and makes the kind of fierce warrior face even an actress can’t fake.

Though CBS wasn’t exactly jonesing for The Big Bang Theory to end after 12 seasons, the writers are giddy about the chance to go out on top. But now comes the hard part: figuring out how to end TV’s longest-running multi-camera sitcom this spring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.