Green Bay – Maybe when his NFL career is over, you’ll find veteran Packers TE Andrew Quarless competing in the CrossFit Games.
This high intensity, full body, strength and cardio activity can be modified for beginners, making it very popular in the fitness world right now. But at its core, this exercise routine is one of the most intense andphysically demanding training regimens out there and can often showcase incredibly strong and well-rounded athletes.
This year, Quarless joined a box – the term for a CrossFit gym - in Florida.
“I’ve pushed myself. I’m training hard, I’m in good shape – probably one of the best shapes I’ve been in,” said Quarless.
He was drawn to CrossFit for the tempo of the series of exercies because he believes it will help him in Green Bay’s fast-paced, no-huddle offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. CrossFit can be known as an all-out weight lifting and high intensity cardio workout that doesn’t take a whole lot of breaks, depending on the trainer leading the WOD (Workout of the Day).
For example, here's today's WOD on the national website:
Run 1.5 miles
Then, 8 rounds of:
400-meter sandbag carry (heavy)
1-mile farmers carry with 45-lb. dumbbells
“I like the tempo; there is really no rest,” said Quarless. “I think it correlates well to the no-huddle. And in the no-huddle you don’t get too much rest.
“I also train safe, too. There’s a lot of things that, being a professional athlete, I might pull away from, or I will communicate to my trainer (to be safe) - so we don’t do too much out of the ordinary, and not a lot of heavy weight either, because that’s when you hurt yourself. It is lot of reps and high tempo.”
His CrossFit WODs often include the burpee – a jump, squat, kick back in to a plank position, and in a lot of cases a push up, and then back up with a jump - in one fluid motion. He said the Packers don't really ever do them (lucky for them).
“I mean, burpees are always tough for me,” said Quarless. “I like it though. I like doing the jump squats, running in between sets. I work with sand bags, doing squats with the sand bag and running with the sand bag. It was definitely a challenge because we don’t cut reps.”
By that he means that CrossFitters do 20 box jumps, whether it takes them 30 seconds, or two minutes. They do everything on the WOD.
“We hit every target rep,” said Quarless. “I really like it. This is my second year and last year I felt pretty strong.”
He’s also been drawn to the CrossFit competitions on TV.
“I thought about competing, maybe later on, down the line,” said Quarless.
Two trainers from CrossFit Oak Creek said Quarless is benefitting from the exercise because the workouts change on a daily basis.
“It requires their athletes to be prepared for anything thrown at them from any direction at any time,” said Matthew Fenske from CFOC.
“We prepare people for the unknown,” said CFOC owner Corey Paszkiewicz. “We take people where they are at and make them better versions of themselves. The best part is a very supportive environment.”
For Quarless, all of this offseason training has not only put him in good shape for the upcoming season, but has helped make these OTAs, which conclude this week, fairly engaging.
“Anytime I’m out there on the field, I’m trying to get better,” said Quarless. “There are a lot of things I am still trying to build with A-Rod.
“I don’t take anything for granted.”
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