?Next Hall does
exercises to train his balance--which comes from a stable core. Croner,
standing five yards away, throws a football that Hall catches standing on one
leg, on an unstable surface. Three sets of 10, each leg. Next, Hall catches the
football in midair while jumping off a stable 10-inch high platform and landing
solidly on the ground. Three sets of five. Then he makes midair catches jumping
from the ground onto the platform (right). Three sets of five.
?At arms' length
from a wall, Hall takes turns hurling, from hip level, a nonreactive
eight-pound ball and a bouncy six-pound ball against the wall. The stance
(right) gets him to accelerate through his hips. He alternates through two sets
of 10; going back and forth between the balls helps him adjust to changes in
the pace of a game.
physioball session includes three sets of 12 reverse crunches with the ball
between his knees (right). Will it hone Hall's six-pack? "Ripped abs come
from diet and genetics," Croner says. "We're not worried about that. We
want to build strength."