With the 2015 NFL season just around the corner, it’s easy to weed out the guys who came in to training camp out of shape. Once team conditioning tests begin and training camp picks up with practices every day, those who have neglected to take care of their bodies will be outed in front of the entire team. But for the seven players below, fitness has never been a problem. These dudes take working out and training their bodies to a freakishly high level. Chances are, if you ask other NFL players to identify the biggest beast they’ve ever seen in the gym, the name of one of these seven players will roll off their lips.
1. James Harrison
Harrison is 37 years old. He retired and then came back to the NFL. He still out-lifts and outworks 99.99 percent of his fellow athletes. A quick rundown through Harrison’s outrageous workout accomplishments will inspire fear even in this year’s Strongman winner. Harrison has lifted a 135-pound barbell five times—with one hand! He’s done 335-pound Shoulder Presses. His Leg Press clocks in at over—wait for it—1,000 pounds. The day he retired, he hit the Pittsburgh Steelers’ weight room to Bench Press 405 pounds. Now he’s out there doing some crazy ab exercise that even Dez Bryant couldn’t match. Harrison truly is not of this world.
2. J.J. Watt
If you’ve paid attention at all this off-season, you know how freakishly strong and athletic Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is. He squats 600 pounds. He nails a 61-inch Box Jump. He makes flipping a 1,000-pound tire look like pushing a small child in a stroller. In the video above, he joined teammate Brian Cushing in a ridiculous workout they call “Tricep Death.” What would you do, as a quarterback, if you saw this guy bearing down on you? Run for the hills? Yeah, we would too.
3. DeMarcus Ware
From 2005 to 2013, DeMarcus Ware didn’t miss a single game of football. The former Dallas Cowboy, now a member of the Denver Broncos, put in serious work to ensure he was on the field as much as possible over the length of his career. If he’s not doing 300-pound Tire Flips, he’s getting in some Vertimax-resisted Box Jumps or Hang Cleaning 315 pounds. When you watch Ware get after it in the gym, it’s no surprise that he’s still going strong in his 10th year in the NFL.
4. Terrelle Pryor
We’ve covered the former Ohio State quarterback’s transition to wide receiver in-depth on STACK.com, and his Instagram page is a treasure trove of workout videos demonstrating the time and effort he’s devoted to making the switch. From on-field drills to balance workouts in the gym, it seems like Pryor did nothing but train this off-season.
5. Russell Wilson
Throughout his career, Russell Wilson has fought the perception that his size would prevent him from becoming a successful NFL quarterback. What’s funny, though, is that when you see him up close, Wilson looks anything but small. He’s built like a tank, thanks in part to the boxing workouts he does (and posts frequently to Instagram). You can test Wilson if you wan’t. We’ll pass.
6. Donte Whitner
If you head over to Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner’s Instagram page, you may get the impression that not a minute, hour or day goes by without the veteran going through some type of exhausting workout. He’s either down in Miami doing footwork drills and Sled Pulls in the excruciating heat; or in the Browns weight room doing One-Arm Dumbbell Presses with a resistance band attached to another dumbbell on the ground beneath him; or performing a boxing workout and finishing it with Battling Ropes. If you wonder how Whitner still looks so fit after nine years in the NFL, look no further than his work ethic.
7. Colin Kaepernick
From a beastly Leg Press to Single-Leg RDLs on a BOSU Ball to explosive Squats with the Keiser machine, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not only one of the hardest working quarterbacks in the league, he’s one of the hardest working athletes in pro sports. His impressive arm strength and ability to zip past defenders like a running back don’t happen by accident.