|09-19-2007, 06:41 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Specific details of Lynch offseason old school training
BY FRANK SCHWAB, THE GAZETTE
ENGLEWOOD -- John Lynch battled to keep his lunch down the first few times he hit the boxing gym.
Shortly after last season, the veteran Denver Broncos safety spent about six weeks doing boxing training. Trainer Richard Ruiz thought Lynch might throw up. Many first-timers do.
“We keep a spit bucket inside the studio, just in case,” said Ruiz, who owns and operates Stac Fitness Center in the Denver Tech Center, where Lynch trained.
Lynch wanted to try something new before his 15th NFL season to shock his body and to keep his training fresh. His longtime personal trainer, Pete Egoscue, told him for years he should try boxing training, and Lynch finally did it.
The training was intense. There were three-minute sparring rounds, then straight to cardiovascular work with only a 30-second break afterward. Lynch didn’t get hit during the sparring to avoid being injured. He threw punches into padded mitts Ruiz held and then dodged punches Ruiz threw. Lynch also hit the heavy bags, speed bags and shadow boxed.
In addition to the boxing-specific drills, Lynch threw a medicine ball, jumped while holding weights and ran laps while pulling a car tire attached to a waist harness.
“Basically the same type of routine a boxer would go through before a match,” Ruiz said.
For the record, Lynch never threw up. But he was intrigued by the new exercises and happy with the results.
“It’s a lot of old school training, which I like,” Lynch said.
Ruiz said his workouts are intense, starting with the first one, because he wants to weed out those who won’t stick with it. He figured Lynch would be committed, having heard of Lynch’s work ethic. But he was pleased to see how Lynch took to the training.
“He knew it would be hard,” Ruiz said. “But that’s exactly what he wanted.”
Ruiz said he had to push Lynch harder than most of his trainees. Ruiz deals with many high school athletes who are cross training for sports like baseball, soccer or tennis. He pushes all of them to the edge, but Lynch had a much higher threshold.
“I pushed him to the limits his physical and athletic abilities would allow,” Ruiz said.
Lynch said he hopes to train with Ruiz again next offseason. Ruiz said he thought if Lynch, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who was once a second-round pick of baseball’s Florida Marlins, had started boxing when he was young he could have been a successful amateur, and possibly a pro.
“In the amount of time he’s been training, and how much he picked up and the amount of natural power the man possesses, I have no doubt he’d have been successful had he gone the fight route,” Ruiz said.
Lynch didn’t speculate on whether he could have been a full-time boxer, but said he has a new appreciation for boxers. He said if he is flipping through channels and sees a fight, he’ll stop and watch even if he’s never heard of the participants.
“It certainly made me respect what those guys do,” Lynch said. “Going three-minute rounds, I wasn’t even getting hit. I was punching the bag. And my gosh — those guys, it’s impressive.”
|09-19-2007, 12:04 PM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a van down by the river
good read. switching from just about any regimen to a hard core boxing program will certainly shock your body, that's for sure, not to mention improving even the most agile of athletes.
|09-19-2007, 12:21 PM||#3|
Long live the Mane!
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Silt, Colorado
Great article I respect Lynch so so much more and I didn't even think that possible