Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette made headlines last week by saying the NFL was not as fast as people made it out to be. “It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” he said. “A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”
Fournette, who is a physical specimen in his own right, checked in at the NFL Combine, at 6-feet and 240 pounds and still clocked a 4.51-second 40-yard dash despite being “overweight.”
Fournette knew that he had to revamp his diet and his workouts in order to get the results he wanted.
“I eat a lot of broccoli – that’s my favorite vegetable. Protein-wise, all the meat I have is grilled. No more fries, no more pork – and hardest of all, no more Popeye’s. My favorite thing, of course, is my mama’s cooking,” Fournette told Men’s Fitness.
Fournette says that he starts his workout with a big MET-Rx protein bar, who he has a sponsorship with, and stretches before he begins lifting weights.
“Some of my favorites [workouts] are squats, climbing ladders, drills where I’m catching the ball, and formation drills,” Fournette said. Shoulder shrugs are great – they help get your shoulders strong for when you make contact at the line of scrimmage. The dumbbell press on the bench is great, but if you don’t have any of that, push ups are always good. That’s what I did as a kid to get stronger,” he added.
After hearing that his size and weight could pose a potential problem, the former All-American and first round pick is now down to 228 pounds and is considered to be in the best shape of his life.
Fournette seems to have his off field fitness and nutrition regimen down to a science, the jury is out on whether that will translate to on-field speed during the games that actually count.