Sit-ups. Push-ups. Leg lifts. Prety mundane stuff for a professional athlete, but there’s a clear purpose when Packers cornerback Al Harris does them.
“You think that was a Jane Fonda workout?” Harris asks, rubbing his chiseled stomach. “Trust me, to get the abs like this, you gotta do it.”
Adds trainer Joe Caraccio of the Atlantic Rehabilitation Center in Miami: “That’s how you maintain them.”
In Week 14 of his rehab from a serious left knee injury, Harris heads outdoors to the park in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he learned to swim and played Pop Warner football starting at age 7. To the east, he points toward the high school where he played football.
“This little area right here is somewhat of the nucleus of my football upbringing,” Harris says.
In the water, he takes part in a resistance workout drawn up by longtime trainer Tony Sands consisting of running, sprinting and jumping.
“It’s tough, it’s hard, but it’s fair,” Sands says. “And it makes the athletes the best they can be.”
Harris is living proof.
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