Third-year Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is ready for the 2011 NFL season. The Georgia product has been training with Matt Chan at CrossFit Verve to improve his game, and Moreno is already making an impression in the preseason.
Training a professional football player brought an exciting challenge for Chan.
“I know their plays are short. The time that they’re in the game is sometimes very limited. But when they’re required to do work, it’s explosive,” he says.
According to Chan, his training for Moreno incorporates that explosive element.
“We’re trying to move a very large load a long distance and quickly,” he says. “It’s benefiting him because, you know, he’s able to move faster with that heavy load.”
Moreno is also happy with his coach.
“He just brings that energy I need (and) at the same time pushes me to where I need to be,” Moreno says. “It’s always tough, but at the same time it’s helped me out. It’s helped me build muscle faster, and my endurance I feel like is getting better also.”
Moreno enjoys working out with a group, so Chan decided to put his focus work first, then allow him to join the group class for their workout.
“Group workout is always fun because you see where you’re at, but you also see where everyone else is—it could be someone that’s older than you, younger than you,” Moreno says. “You’re competing with them but also competing with yourself.”
Moreno has already seen results from his training and plans to continue.
“I’ll definitely keep it up throughout the whole year. Why not?” he says.
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Additional reading: The Marlins Go CrossFit by Paul Fournier, published March 1, 2010.