12. Eli Manning
With his deer-in-headlights stare and mostly non-existent scrambling abilities, Eli Manning might not be the first quarterback people imagine when it comes to being “fit.” But for a guy who has started 211 games in a row heading into the 2017 season, he has to be doing something the right way…right? Manning, who has two Super Bowl wins to his name and a couple legendary throws in those games, has proven to be one of the toughest players in the league—he’d fit in well alongside Brett Favre and Steve McNair on this list of all-time tough guys—and it’s partly because he works as hard in the gym as he does on his field work.
“I think a lot of [staying in shape] is the weight training, making sure your legs are strong. I do a lot squats and kettlebell stuff,” Manning previously told Men’s Fitness.
Manning said that he does a lot band work, rotator cuff exercises, and shoulder moves, as well as bench presses and power cleans. The Giants website gave an all-access look at Manning’s training during the offseason, showing off some of the moves he uses to stay in shape. Manning works out at least four days per week during the offseason, lifting “heavy” before training camp with dumbbells and other weights, while also doing medicine ball tosses, running workouts, and strength-building workouts. During the season, some of the training he does includes lateral raises, curl-to-press, front raises, abdominal moves, triceps stretches, and full-body lifts. Manning said that core strength and shoulder flexibility are extremely important for him in staying healthy during the course of the season.
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