The James Harrison Workout Tapes

The legendarily intimidating defensive end retired last season, ending a career that spanned fifteen seasons, two Super Bowl victories, and countless Instagram workouts.

Now I don’t know exactly what made James Harrison go from being un-drafted to an NFL great, but if I had to guess, it would be his work outs. If you’ve ever seen Harrison’s Instagram posts then you know just how ferociously he trains. I love watching Harrison workout. Always in grey sweats, Harrison pushes astounding amounts of weight in the most bizarre fashion.

I bring all this up because ESPN reported today that Harrison has decided on a new career after football: acting. Harrison has recently signed with an agency and hired an acting coach. And he’s already had a television debut: appearing on CBS’s S.W.A.T. His S.W.A.T. co-star, Jay Harrington, said, "The Rock better watch out because #92 is aiming to be an action star, and he's coming for him." This is hilarious. Who wouldn’t want to watch an action movie featuring James Harrison? Hell, I’d watch sixty minutes of him just working out.

So this week’s workout is inspired by the indomitable JH92. Normally, I like to post workouts that the average weight lifter could conceivably try on their own. But James Harrison lifts like he’s trying to save the planet from an alien invasion. James Harrison probably installed a weight room in his house in place of a security system. No one stops this man from filling a complimentary water cup with soda. So consider today’s video as more of an inspiration for you and I to push ourselves a little harder and sweat a little more.

But have no fear, there are a few things that one can take away from the video! The biggest is Harrison’s workout schedule. He’s an early riser and a morning workout guy, leaving the house around 4:30am. On Monday, he trains legs; it’s the hardest workout of the week for him. Harrison jokes: “nine times out of ten I never make it through Monday.” Tuesday is chest and back, “a little bit easier” in his words. On Wednesday, Harrison trains only his core. It’s the lightest day of the week. Thursday, Harrison trains legs again, though less intensely than on Monday. He hits shoulders on Friday and biceps & triceps on Saturday. Outside the gym, Harrison visits an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, and a massage therapist who puts suction cups on his back (yeah, but who’s gonna tell him otherwise?).

Alright, so enjoy the video below.

Football was meant to be played in leather helmets and sweaters. Currently taking suggestions for which NHL team I should support.

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