And over those seven offseasons in the NFL, Newton has been putting in some serious work with his trainer, Nate Costa, owner of FX Studios & Under Armour Performance Center.
After going a disappointing 7-9 during the 2011 season, Newton and Costa began training immediately.
“I want to start training tomorrow,” Cam told Nate.
“I’m thinking, ‘You just came off of a seventeen-week season and you’re telling me you want to start training tomorrow!’”
“Nate, I need to train my body to know what it feels like to go all the way to the Super Bowl. So, I’m going to train up until the Super Bowl,” said Cam.
“And it still gives me freaking goosebumps saying it because we trained every day, five days a week with a soft rest day, through the Super Bowl.”
The Panthers made the playoffs the next three years and to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season.
“What most people don’t know is that football players are rarely at 100 percent week-to-week. There’s usually some lingering or nagging injury on some level,” explained Costa. “We’ve spent four of the seven off-seasons either dealing with an injury or dealing with a surgery that was a result of an injury that he had to get fixed.”
So in July 2018, Costa and Newton’s goals were to work on conditioning and getting lighter so Newton could recover faster and perform at the highest of levels all the time. Something they succeeded at achieving as Newton entered the 2018 NFL season weighing just over 240 pounds with four-percent body fat.
Another emphasis for this summer was to get stronger, but also leaner. Outside of the gym, what goes into his body became even more of a focal point. With the help of a chef, everything that goes into Cam’s body is well-documented and has a purpose, whether it’s for energy, muscle recovery and growth, or his basic nutritional requirements.
Another part of their workout plan includes running hills at Sagamore Farm outside of Baltimore.
“As a trainer, this hill couldn’t be more perfect,” said Nate. “The first part of the hill is a gradual incline, and then it goes into this extremely steep part, and then it starts to level out. It’s still an incline, but just not as steep as the previous. And then it goes into about another 100 yards of gradual hill.”
As inspiration each summer, Nate dedicates each run up that hill to each of Cam’s losses from the season before – a climb for each loss.
“And then before each one we’ll say, ‘Okay, this one’s for Tampa Bay. This one’s for New England,’ whichever loss it was. And it’s a way to take that negative energy and turn it into a positive energy, doing something for yourself, to better yourself.”
Hey, you don’t get to be a Heisman Trophy winner, first pick overall, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player by sitting around eating potato chips.
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