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POSITION: Left tackle
HEIGHT: 6'5" WEIGHT: 325
Here's the secret for staying strong, free of injury and in Pro Bowl form: Get yourself a nice set of wheels
WHEN THE SEAHAWKS asked Walter Jones to attend the team's off-season conditioning program this year, he said no thanks. He'd worked out on his own for three summers, and after making the Pro Bowl each season he wasn't going to change. The key to his workout? Pushing an SUV around a parking lot near his home in Harvest, Ala. When he played for Aliceville ( Ala.) High, Jones and the other linemen sometimes had to push small cars in preseason workouts. These days Jones is up to a three-ton Escalade. Twice-a-week truck pushing is the only lower-body training he does, and Jones says it's an excellent substitute for squats, which hurt his back. The work in the parking lot also translates well to the field. "The hard part [about playing offensive line] is staying low for that long," he says. "After doing this, it doesn't bother me if I'm stuck in my stance for a long time. I also feel like I finish off blocks better." Other elements of his self-training regimen: weightlifting, abdominal work and sprints. "I run short sprints, because a lineman's game is about short bursts," he says. "I can't work out like a wide receiver or a defensive back. Those guys have to run all day." --J.C.
"I can't work out like a receiver or a defensive back. Those guys have to run all day."-- JONES
HOW TO PUSH A TRUCK
By Walter Jones
1 YOU NEED A DRIVER to put the truck in neutral with the brakes on. You should be on pavement with a very slight downward slope.
2 PUT BOTH HANDS on the back bumper and bend your knees at an angle of about 90 degrees. As you lean into the truck, keep your back straight and your arms nearly extended (elbows slightly bent). Put one foot forward--whichever one feels most comfortable to you--and the other back.
3 YELL "GO!" After the driver releases the brakes, start pushing immediately and continue for 25 yards.