NFL superstars are quickly discovering what other athletes already know: CrossFit works.
Neal discovered CrossFit two years ago during a workout with Ahmik Jones and was hooked immediately. The 255-lb. fullback says teammates at the recent Oakland Raiders training camp were in awe of what he could do after ditching machines for CrossFit.
“These guys are ... 25, 24, 23 years old,” the 38-year-old Neal says. “You can put them on the weights and I absolutely demolish them, and I’m like, ‘Go CrossFit.’”
The result of Neal’s affection for the program is CrossFit PIA. “PIA” stands for Players in Action, an investment group that includes Neal, superstar San Diego Chargers running back Ladainian Tomlinson, perennial Pro Bowl Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, MMA legend Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell and others.
“We don’t stand behind just anything,” Neal says. “We make sure that our name and our reputation is behind this, so we love CrossFit.”
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 12, originally aired May 11, 2009.