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Coaches Want to Keep Hawk Out of the Weight Room

The Journal Sentinel says that the Packers have to keep A.J. Hawk away from the weight room:

There aren’t many lifting techniques or workout philosophies that linebacker A.J. Hawk won’t consider when it comes to readying himself to play in the National Football League. But the new one where Green Bay Packers strength and conditioning coach Dave Redding locks up the weight room and won’t let him in on the weekends – he’s had a little bit of trouble buying into that one. Years of lifting weights only on days that end in “Y” have gotten Hawk this far, so it will take more convincing before he’s willing to take off a whole weekend. “I think when you get to this level, pretty much everyone is working hard,” Hawk said recently during a break in training camp.

“To be able to keep up, I feel I need to work out. I wasn’t born a genetic freak like some guys were. You’ve got to turn yourself into that through workouts. “I guess I don’t feel like I need a lot of motivation to work out. I never looked at working out as work. It’s something I enjoy doing to mentally and physically feel good. That’s how it’s always been, and it will never change.”


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