If you were to ask the geniuses at Pixar to dream up their version of an NFL quarterback, they'd end up with Tim Tebow. Already the most famous backup QB in history for his bravura performance last season, Tebow is all the more interesting for his public faith coupled with movie-star good looks.
Now, all eyes will turn to the Big Apple this season as Tebow brings his mythology – and a little of that magic – to the New York Jets. Whatever his role – wildcat quarterback, short-yardage specialist, special teams all-star – you can be sure it'll depend on Tebow's legendary work ethic. Turns out that contrary to popular wisdom, Tebow's excellence wasn't created in a lab or Hollywood script, but through tireless hard work and dedication. We were invited recently to join Tebow for a workout, where the man with the golden arm shared some of the very fitness tips he's depended on for his success, as well as a few of his favorite spots around the globe. All while proving he really is that nice a guy. Launch Gallery >>
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Being asked to work out with Tebow and his longtime trainer, Will Bartholomew, of D1 Sports Training, is an honor. It's also fair to say that it's a bit intimidating. Bartholomew explained that he not only varies workout regimens by sport, but by position, too. So for Tebow, who is a quarterback, but has the skill set and size to play other positions, it's a varied workout that starts with a dynamic warm-up. This means high kicks, arm swings, and inch worms.
Then comes rapid response work, which is based primarily on quick feet, agility, and speed. Tebow starts with races and falling-start sprints – where you simulate falling and then go straight into a run – then hits the weight room. There, he does rocket push-ups and weights, followed by a core circuit, including planks, and finally QB conditioning. The last exercise we did was the wall squat, which is like pretending to sit against a wall. To add to the exercise, Tebow had the 220-pound Bartholomew stand on his legs. Our circuits were intense and draining, at just 15 minutes. Tebow does at least 45 per circuit.
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