You’d think a guy like James Harrison would be kicking back and relaxing on a Monday following a game.
Well, you’d be wrong.
Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 11-year veteran, posted a video to his Instagram account of himself and Jason Worilds performing Trap Bar Deadlifts with the caption “Getting that Monday am work in wt @worildsgreatest.”
This isn’t your typical, lightweight recovery day lift, either. Both Harrison and Worilds are moving 450 pounds on the trap bar.
We’re familiar with the remarkable work ethic of Worilds after spending a day in the life with him this past off-season. (See video above.)
However, the 450-pound lift is quite an incredible feat of strength for 36-year-old Harrison, especially coming less than 12 hours after the Steelers throttled the Indianapolis Colts, 51-34. It speaks volumes about the kind of work ethic possessed by Harrison, who rose from undrafted free agent to NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Harrison notched his first sack of the season against the Colts, while Worilds recorded a team-high three QB hits on Andrew Luck.
Harrison is an O.G. in this game. He came out of retirement in September and signed with the Steelers, the team for which he played the first nine seasons of his career.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the old-fashioned trap bar incorporated into a Monday recovery workout.
Antonio Gates performed a Trap Bar Deadlift during a Monday in-season visit with the All-Pro tight end for the San Diego Chargers. Jeff Hurd, former strength and conditioning coach for the Chargers, says post game-day lifts help players “get rid of the swelling and bleeding that goes on inside their bodies from all of the contact. What we’ve found is it allows their bodies to perform better come Wednesday when we start practice,” says Hurd, who now serves on the performance staff for the Minnesota Vikings.
See more from Gates’ in-season recovery workout, and marvel at the brute force strength displayed by the Steelers LB duo in the video below.