Training camp sucks.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find a football player who disagrees with that statement.
However, training camp is a necessary evil and there are ways to make it more bearable.
Recently, Rosenhaus Sports—the agency led by Drew Rosenhaus that represents 110 active NFL players, including Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and NaVorro Bowman—put together a training camp care package for its clients. The idea was to help the players not only survive training camp, but thrive. STACK got an inside look at these exclusive care packages. Here's what we found.
1. MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Protein Powder
The grueling intensity of training camp makes recovery an absolute necessity. This whey protein powder, which is enhanced with creatine monohydrate, is marketed as the "Most Powerful Protein Formula Ever Developed." According to MuscleTech, Nitro-Tech builds 70 percent more lean muscle than regular whey protein.
2. Defiance Fuel Water
Hydration might be the most important part of training camp. Defiance Fuel Water is an ultra-purified water treated with Cellular Hydration Processing. According to the company, this results in increased cell hydration and the perfect pH for athletes.
3. Sexy Hair Gel Matte Clay
Sure, football training camp is a hot, sweaty, smelly experience. But that doesn't mean your hair game can't be on point. This product "separates, defines and molds hair in place delivering a strong, all-day hold."
4. Skyline Socks
Keeping your socks fresh and clean is a major key in training camp. Skyline Socks offers custom, stylish socks with city-specific skyline designs. For example, their Washington D.C. socks feature outlines of the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
5. Gamevice Controller
Playing games on your phone is a great way to pass time in the locker room. But you don't want to develop a cramp from clicking around on that tiny screen all day. Gamevice makes controllers that wrap around your smartphone to offer a more precise, more comfortable way to play your favorite phone games. Just don't use it during meetings.
6. DonJoy Defender Skin
One thing that makes training camp really tough is all the bumps and bruises a player sustains during practice. DonJoy Defender Skin is a flexible, breathable, customizable adhesive second skin that protects against abrasions and helps prevent injury.
7. Clif Bars
Clif offers a variety of products designed to help athletes keep their energy levels high and their bodies strong. Their new Nut Butter Bars aren't just delicious, they're also packed with protein, healthy fats and high-quality carbohydrates.
8. OtterBox Phone Case
Football players live rough lives. OtterBox phone cases can help their phone survive the mayhem. The company offers a line of ultra-tough cases that can handle being dropped and dinged, so fumbling your phone will never be a big deal.
Skittles are far from a nutritious snack, but the sugary treat helped Marshawn Lynch go Beast Mode. In a pinch, the simple carbs in Skittles can give an athlete a quick burst of energy.
10. EA Sports Video Games
Athletes love playing sports video games. That's just a fact. And what NFL player doesn't want to live out the dream of playing as himself in Madden?
11. BodyArmor SuperDrink
Sometimes an athlete needs more than just water. With intense heat and long, grueling practices, training camp is one of those times. BodyArmor SuperDrink provides electrolytes and B vitamins using natural flavors and sweeteners.
12. Lokai Bracelet
Lokai bracelets are stylish accessories with a really cool story. Each bracelet contains mud from the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on earth, as well as water from Mount Everest, the highest point on earth. Bringing these two elements together is supposed to represent the ups and downs of life—something NFL players surely know a lot about.
13. Speed Stick Deodorant
Not wearing deodorant during training camp should result in an instant fine. Speed Stick deodorants provide effective, long-lasting odor protection.
14. Oberto Jerky
Jerky can be a great snack during training camp. It's convenient, it's high in protein and it tastes great. Oberto's All-Natural jerky contains no preservatives and no artificial ingredients.
15. Orbit Gum
Because none of your teammates will want to talk with you if your breath stinks.
16. IsoPure Protein Company Products
IsoPure offers a wide variety of products that contain what they claim is the "cleanest, purest, and most perfect protein around." Sometimes, high-protein products carry a lot of junk along with them. If you're looking to avoid that issue, look for IsoPure.
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