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Middle Man
Bill Syken
October 23, 2006
Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall uses an extensive training regimen that adheres to some core truths
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October 23, 2006

Middle Man

Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall uses an extensive training regimen that adheres to some core truths

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?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.

?A five-exercise 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."

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