Green Bay Packer
Linebacker Clay Matthews helped lead his team to a 2010 Super Bowl victory, has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times, and was a MVP runner-up in 2010. He comes from a long line of NFL players.
His grandfather played for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s, his father was a linebacker who was selected to the Pro Bowl four times, and his uncle was an offensive lineman who is in the Hall-of-Fame.
Genetics may play a role in Clay’s success but he has always worked hard to be at the top of his game.
The key to Clay’s success is in his offseason training program. Once the season is over, he takes a few weeks off so that he can physically and mentally rest from a long hard season. He likes to have six meals per day eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks in between each meal.
He doesn’t count calories, and he stays away from fast foods, soda, and candy. He always tries to eat healthy or what he feels is good for his body.
Clay works out Monday through Saturday, and his routine consist of football drills, weight training, yoga, pilates, boxing, and a little MMA. Football drills helps him with explosion, pass rushing, and changing direction.
Yoga and pilates makes him more flexible and strengthens his core and glutes, and boxing and MMA gives him a full body work out with a focus on his hips, foot movement, and hand strength. When he lifts weight, he uses a variety of exercises including:
- Close grip bench press.
- Single leg press.
- Dumbbell walking lunge.
- Barbell military press.
- Fat bar curl.
Clay’s workout routine is designed to help him to be better than he was the year before and to help his team win another Super Bowl. In 2013, he signed a 5-year $66 million contract which shows his workout routine is paying dividends.