By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Gunnar Peterson is a personal trainer whose clients include celebrities and professional athletes, including four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. Peterson focuses on achieving long-term results through challenging and constantly varied workouts.
Peterson does not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all workout plan. Before he designs a workout for a football player – like Tom Brady – he considers a number of factors.
“I write a different workout for every client every day,” Peterson said. “I base them off the goals the client has, the things they need to shore up. I consider what they did in the past as well as injuries, deficiencies and disparities.”
One of the disparities Peterson finds common among football players is unbalanced strength from one side of the other. Many positions in football force players to call on the muscles on one particular side of the body more often than the other. For instance, a quarterback will almost always use one arm to throw the ball and rotate his body in the same direction to generate power. A left tackle will plant with the same leg and use his left arm to create separation with a defender.
As a result, Peterson often finds himself focusing on strengthening a football player’s non-dominant side.
“I try to have them do different functional movements that will be comprehensive with different planes of motion,” Peterson said. “Sports are three-dimensional, as is life.”
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