Those in search of fitness inspiration need not look any further than their television screens this Sunday evening. While chips and dip may not be the most nutritional choice in anyone’s diet and walking from the fridge to the couch is far from a core discipline of an active lifestyle, watching the Super Bowl may help those stuck in an exercise rut consume the motivation necessary to build better habits.
Not many athletes have ever achieved Tom Brady’s level of career success and even fewer have tasted excellence at the highest level after turning 40. Taking care of his body is among the most notable strategies for his sustained longevity.
Men’s Health published an article in 2017 after Brady was suspended by the NFL for his role in the controversial “Deflategate” scandal, which involved footballs that were under the regulated inflation standards, outlining the specifics behind the superstar quarterback’s routine off the field. Story author Mark Shrayber writes:
Tom Brady may be 40, but he’s not retiring from football anytime soon. The quarterback, who made a stunning comeback last season, says that he’s faster now than he was when he started. Part of that, he says, is due to his diet — he drinks up to 25 glasses of water a day and told CBS’ Norah O’Donnell that he’s never tried coffee. The other part, he says, has to do with “muscle pliability.” It sounds fancy, but it really boils down to focusing less on strength and more on flexibility.
Muscle pliability, which is incorporated into the TB12 Method invented by Brady’s trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero, is a way of preventing injuries by keeping your muscles strong, active, and easily flexible when you’re training. This is Brady’s “prehab,” and it’s something many NFL athletes do to avoid injuries before they happen. (In fact, it’s pretty common for football players to focus on mobility instead of chucking weights around.)
For Brady, it’s worked. As CBS points out, the Patriots QB is in his 18th season of a sport in which the average player lasts just six years. “If I can keep my muscles pliable, I can hopefully limit the intensity, or limit the injury altogether, if I do absorb some of these forces,” Brady told CBS, speaking about how the practice helps him on the field.
So what’s Brady’s “workout”? Instead of using heavy weights, he uses elastic resistance bands and a whole host of vibrating apparatuses, such as foam rollers and massage balls, and follows each workout with what CBS refers to as “specific massages.” That may sound fun, but the rubdowns are actually meant to keep his muscles long and soft.
The Rams defense pressured another age-defying QB, Drew Bees, in the NFC Championship Game, so tune in Sunday to see if Brady’s flexibility will be enough to reach for new heights in sports history.
To read Shrayber’s full story, click here.