Add Pop To Your Punch With Terrell Owens

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Forget playing best in your prime. How about getting better and better with age?

For Terrell Owens, it might be both, because the 36-year-old is playing like a wideout in the prime of his career.

In Nov. 7 Monday Night Football action against the Pittsburgh Steelers, T.O. hauled in two touchdown catches, becoming the third player in NFL history with 150 TD receptions (joining Randy Moss [153] and Hall-of-Fame WR Jerry Rice [197] in that exclusive club). Rice is another ironman who played well into his 40s (learn about Rice's legendary hill training here).

At the midway mark of the NFL season, Owens is in the top five among wideouts in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Yes, he's a savvy veteran who makes younger, less accomplished DBs look silly at times. But what you may not know about T.O. is that he's an absolute freak about his training regimen.  You may have seen him on his VH1 program looking all ripped. Or you may have heard TV broadcasters and color commentators call him a "physical specimen." T.O.'s body is his sanctuary. No secondary is safe when #81 bursts off the line of scrimmage.

One aspect of Owens' game that makes him great is the physical play he uses to get off the line and escape DB jams.  He wouldn't be able to outmuscle defenders without superior upper-body strength, which allows him to pack a powerful punch.

"If I have a defender in front of me, I have my hands up and in front the whole time on the line, [and] depending on his body position, I'm either going to rip through, swim through or catch him off guard and drive my hands straight into him at the same time," Owens told us while demonstrating his resistance band training back when he played for the Dallas Cowboys (view Band Training With T.O.). "That's why I do a lot of band work that isolates the muscles in each hand, because everything I do is with one arm or one hand."

Just like in a boxing match, a crushing blow from T.O. will make a DB think twice before trying to jam him again. But just when you expect to take a pop from Owens, he gets vertical off the line, blows by you and leaves nothing between him and the end zone—which is exactly what you saw during his two TDs in Pittsburgh.

To gain that extra pop in your punch, try performing the Band Single-Arm Crossover. Remember to balance every exercise that works the front of your body with one that works your back, so follow up with the Band Seated Row.

 


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Topics: FOOTBALL | EXPLOSIVE TRAINING | DEFENDER | RECEPTIONS