Ray Rice is one of the fastest and most powerful running backs in the NFL. His ferocious ground attack helped him rush for over 1,000 yards in the 2012-2013 season, which culminated in a Super Bowl XLVII championship. To continue improving his running, Rice turns to VertiMax in the off-season.
VertiMax is a resistance band training system that can attach to various parts of an athlete's body, including the wrists, ankles and torso. Originally designed as a tool to improve vertical jump, the VertiMax produces impressive results because of its ability to build power simultaneously in the legs and arms during a natural jumping movement. (Watch Chris Johnson train on the VertiMax.)
The latest version of the VertiMax, the V8, is designed to accommodate a wide variety of speed drills and power training. "I’ve been completely sold on the VertiMax for years, as it is the best product I've ever used to develop my power and speed,” says Rice, who is now a part-owner of VertiMax.
The V8 has eight resistance bands that attach to various parts of the body to develop muscles that are naturally active during skill execution. With the VertiMax, you train movement, not muscles, to get better on-field performance.
For a different type of challenge, the V8 accommodates added resistance, from two to 200 pounds. You can add light resistance to train skills that require precise technique, like passing a ball or swinging a racquet, or build maximum power with a heavy load.
Rice uses VertiMax training primarily to increase his explosive sprinting power and lateral agility. To do this, he performs resisted sprinting starts, agility ladder drills and other drills that are similar to how he bursts through the line.
Check out the video below to view the drills Rice performs with the VertiMax.
For more information on this innovative training system, visit VertiMax.com.