Athletes sometimes take unusual methods to train for their various sports. Sometimes it is picking up another sport and for San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore he has been using boxing to get ready for the upcoming season.
It isn’t out of the ordinary for Gore, he has been using a regimen of boxing workouts in recent years. It is more than just boxing though
“You hear of fighters who don’t have knockout power?” trainer Brian Schwartz said, via Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “If Frank was a fighter, he’d have knockout power. His punches are fast and snappy.”
“It helps you get your mind right,” Gore said of the boxing workouts, which includes sessions with actual boxers. “A mind thing, and also a challenge. I’m very competitive.”
“B [Schwartz] don’t let ‘em go all out. He wants me to be safe, but I think I do a pretty good job. I know when I’m done, all the true boxers [are] surprised at what I know.”
With the 49ers drafting Carlos Hyde and looking towards the future, Gore needs to do whatever he can to keep the young running backs behind him on the depth chart.
Gore has also merged some new technology into the workouts, such as a tent which replicates high-altitude conditions by pumping in lower-oxygen air while the athletes work out inside.