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A Wheel Man
Lisa Altobelli
July 17, 2006
How Nextel Cup contender Jeff Burton keeps his body on track
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July 17, 2006

A Wheel Man

How Nextel Cup contender Jeff Burton keeps his body on track

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BASKETBALL PUSH-UPS

Drill
He does 10 push-ups with his hands on the ball, then 10 with his right hand on the ball, left hand on a mat; then switches hands. That's 30 push-ups to a set. He does three sets.

Purpose
"These are more intense than a regular push-up," says Nazemetz. "You engage your core muscles to balance on the unsteady surface."

PLYOMETRIC JUMPS

Drill
Burton jumps side to side over a 12-inch-high, six-inch-wide pad for 30 seconds, then rests for 30 seconds. He does a second set for 45 seconds.

Purpose
"This is for foot-eye coordination and explosiveness," Nazemetz says. "I tell him to think of the floor as hot lava. He needs to get off the floor as fast as possible. As soon as he touches down, he has to explode up off it again."

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