Brees 232x300 Super Bowl Workout with Drew Brees workout routines workout products exercises celebrity workouts celebrity diets athlete workouts “Drew Brees is Superman,” said Chase Daniel, a backup quarterback for the Saints. “It’s that simple.”

This Sunday “Superman” will try to bring the Super Bowl trophy to city of New Orleans as Brees leads the Saints into Miami to take on NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.  Brees, whose shoulder was ripped apart in the last game of the 2005 season, will put an entire fan base on his back as he attempts to restore a sense of pride to New Orleans, whose city was also ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina.

The injury Brees suffered was so severe doctors told him he would never be able to throw again.  Four seasons later the quaterback is a superstar and holds franchise records in nearly every passing category, including NFL records for most completions in a season and highest completion percentage in a season.   Drew’s dedication and determination in the weight room have him at the top of the NFL as he leads the Saints in their first ever Super Bowl appearance.

But just what is it that enabled Brees to overcome the injury and take on the super hero status as the leader of the Saints?  Drew’s trainer Todd Durkin describes Brees as the most focused, competitive, borderline-obsessive athlete he has ever met.  “He’s a beast in the weight room, man. Drew has legendary work ethic,” says Durkin.  “There are a lot of professional athletes that aren’t as consistent with their overall conditioning program as Drew is.”

Durkin is the owner and director of Fitness Quest 10 and has trained more than 30 other NFL players.  But Brees is clearly a cut above the rest.  “He’s physically in great shape, but his mental approach to the game has made him a world-class athlete. He’s tremendously focused on his work. When he comes in here, it’s go time and he’s really, really competitive both with himself and with the other athletes he trains with. His life revolves around the workout,” Durkin told Muscle and Fitness magazine in an exclusive pre-Super Bowl interview this week.  “The body will only go as far as the mind will take it,” Brees says.

Here is some more from the Durkin interview with M&F:

On keeping the workouts challenging…
“Every year I introduce new challenges. But my methodology has always been very similar, and that is to focus on core strength, joint integrity, strength, speed, power, quickness, flexibility and recovery. Within each element I’m always coming up with new exercises, especially quarterback specific activities.”

Switching it up…
“I’m a big believer in diversity, so I use heavy ropes, something called the Power Tower, sled drags, Bosu and Swiss balls. I use dumbbells and Keiser equipment and heavy medicine balls called D balls. I mix in supersets and drop sets and metabolic conditioning. I do a lot of mental focus drills, as well. My program is designed to keep him challenged both mentally and physically.”

Drew’s favorite exercises…breestrx 200x300 Super Bowl Workout with Drew Brees workout routines workout products exercises celebrity workouts celebrity diets athlete workouts
“There are two. One is the pendulum swing, where he’s in a push-up position with his feet suspended in the foot cradles and he’s swinging his feet in a curvilinear direction and tucking his knees toward his elbows. He gets a tremendous amount of hip and shoulder disassociation, which is common for a throwing athlete.

The other is a little crazier and one of Drew’s signature movements: The double TRX jackknife with a push-up. He’s suspended about a foot off the ground. His feet are in the TRX and his hands are in another TRX located about three feet in front of him, and he does push-ups and jack knifes. There is a tremendous amount of core work and stabilization. This is an advanced technique, and I don’t do it with 99.9 percent of my clients.”

Drew began working with Durkin on the TRX after his injury.  “It’s just your body weight working against gravity, so you won’t get injured. Now my wife [Brittany] uses one at home, and I’m addicted,” says Brees.  For more on his workouts with the TRX check out our earlier post.

Here’s a sample of Drew’s diet on a non-game day:

7:30 a.m.  – Two wheat- and gluten-free waffles or pancakes. Four strips bacon or two links sausage. Side of corn grits or potato hash browns. A peach, pear or four slices of cantaloupe or honeydew.

Mid-morning (post workout) – AdvoCare recovery shake. About 10 ounces and 230 calories, it’s vitamin-packed and high in soy protein. He drinks a second shake in the afternoon after the Saints practice.

2 p.m.  – Grilled chicken breast or grilled redfish fillet with a side of rice or green beans. Or shrimp and sausage gumbo.

7 p.m. – “I love the New Orleans flavor,” says Brees. “We go out a lot.” A typical restaurant order: turtle soup, shrimp rémoulade and fried green tomatoes, green beans, spinach or broccoli. At home Brittany often makes wheat- and gluten-free pasta with marinara sauce, with a soyburger chopped in it. “She’s big on soy products,” says Brees. “I’ll have soy milk, soy yogurt, soybeans.”

9 p.m. - XanGo mangosteen fruit-based juice. “I just take it out of the fridge and chugalug three ounces. It’s supposed to have a lot of antioxidants.”

In addition to the recovery shake Brees uses several other Advocare products to improve everything from mental focus and energy to recovery time from workouts.  Drew is an unpaid endorser for the Advocare line of products and the company is running a discount in conjunction with the game this weekend on their Spark energy drink.

Sources:  NY Times, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated, Muscle and Fitness, Wall Street Journal

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