Sweat Spot: John Lynch
Editor's note: For most athletes, working out is just part of the program. Lifting weights, sprints, batting practice. They know
Broncos safety John Lynch has forged a 13-year career taking down 225-pound backs. But during the off-season, he's no match for a 50-year-old woman.
The Pro Bowler has spent the past 10 summers training with Liba Placek, a former volleyball player who employs the Egoscue Method, which stresses symmetry and equal distribution of strength in an athlete╣s body. By isolating muscle groups through core strength and balancing exercises, Egoscue alerts athletes to weaknesses and helps strengthen them. Lynch calls it the secret to his longevity.
"Every problem I have -- back, shoulder, whatever --comes from my right hip," he says. "So I do exercises that strengthen it."
In the "alligator walk," pictured right, Lynch stands on two parallel logs elevated three feet above the ground and touches his toes, testing his balance and opening up his balky hip. Then he walks his hands out until he's in push-up position -- isolating various muscles in his abdomen, quads, shoulders and chest -- before walking his legs to his hands. Lynch says training with Placek has made him a balance expert, giving him another on-field advantage. "I can see where someone is weak by the way they stand," Lynch says.
"Then I use their own body against them to bring them down."
Sweat also appears in ESPN The Magazine.
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