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Ravens LB Courtney Upshaw Down To 275lbs. Going Into Training Camp
Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw has lost 20 pounds and is down to the 275-pound range through weeks of workouts at Eldersburg training center TZ Sports, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. This according to head trainer and owner Troy Jones.
"Courtney has been very consistent and has dropped about 20 pounds from 295 pounds and has been fluctuating between 275 pounds to 278 pounds," Jones said. "He's been very dedicated. He has a great work ethic, he works extremely hard. He's a quiet guy. When Courtney makes up his mind, he doesn't hesitate. He'll pass the conditioning test. Courtney is very explosive."
"We try to simulate game scenarios and minimize the rest period," Jones said. "We kind of rehearse what they do on the field and load their body with resistance to apply more force to the ground to react and be more explosive. It's a multi-pronged approach. We work on technique, and we burn calories.
"You work on the energy system to drop fat and keep your nutrition pretty clean. We do a lot of speed and power work, sprints, change of directions, linebacker drills, overspeed group. We have them working with tires, sledge hammers and ropes, medicine balls. It's very high-energy."
When asked if he thought Upshaw would gain weight during the final week before training camp, Jones predicted that wouldn't happen.
"No, absolutely not," Jones said. "Courtney has worked too hard to get where he's at right now. It would be crazy for him to put weight back on and sacrifice what he's accomplished in the past five weeks."
Source: The Redzone
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