Bryan Altman at CBS in Minnesota has written a fantastic piece on how Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is getting set for the 2015 season and what he does to prepare.
Here’s just a snippet of the piece by Altman on what McKinnon had to say:
The first couple of weeks of rehab after my back surgery in December I didn’t really do anything except walk on the treadmill. It was tough at first, you know, having that surgery and then having to get your balance back. You really have to start slowly, really slowly start working out again, and you definitely don’t have your wind anymore. You’re out of shape and everything is a struggle.
But it’s something where, no matter what kind of surgery or what kind of setback you’ve got, you just have to attack the rehab full force and eventually the results are going to come. That was my main focus, just trying to work back as hard as I can, get my wind back, get into great shape, but at the same time staying on top of the exercises and things that I need to do to make sure that my back stays good or kept feeling good and kept getting better throughout the process.
Now that I’m done with that, I’m ready to go, I’m all good.
This offseason I kind of bounced around a little bit because of rehab but as soon as I got done with rehab I trained with Kyle Rudolph out in California for a month and a half. Then I came back and we had mini camp, OTA’s, stuff like that. After that I shot down to Houston and I trained with A.P. for like two or three days while I was down there.
It’s for sure worth the rest – you can see the rest of Bryan’s piece HERE