Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Texans helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texans to have MMA workout Thursdays during offseason workouts


The Houston Texans added Craig Fitzgerald as the team’s new strength coach this offseason, and he has wasted no time changing up the team’s strength and conditioning program. One of the changes will be on Thursday’s during the offseason workout program, where players will participate in mixed martial arts programs.

While some players may not be open to an alternative approach, a handful of Texans players have expressed their excitement for the new workout routines.

“I’ve done some stuff outside the box type of stuff,” center Chris Myers said, via ESPN.com. “But they’re having some new ways of training. As long as you approach it with an open mind, you’ll be alright.”

Punter Shane Lechler added, “You can only lift the same weight and run the same runs so many times. It’ll be nice to do something different.”

If the mixed martial arts program allows the players to continue growing and they benefit from the alternate workout routines, Fitzgerald will look like a genius.

There are already a number of players around the league who participate in MMA during the offseason, but getting the entire team involved with take everything to the next level and bring the team closer together.

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