I’ve written about hill training several times before. There is no mistaking the intensity and effectiveness of a hill running session. It is rare for a week to pass without us hitting the hills in my local area. I’m fortunate to live close to a brutal mountain road that travels upward for well over a mile. One route that we often take equates to over 2 miles of running (almost entirely uphill).
We are not the first to take advantage of mother nature for training however. Jerry Rice is one athlete who was known for brutal hill workouts throughout his illustrious career as an NFL wide receiver. He speaks about his training in the video below.
For those who are not familiar with Jerry Rice, he is generally regarded as the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. Ironically, he’s also an individual that many doubted before making the NFL. Initially, many scouts were wary of his less than stellar sprinting speed when tested in the 40-yard dash. Jerry’s tremendous work ethic is one reason why he was able to prove his critics wrong. He will long be remembered for this work ethic and dedication to the sport.
It is safe to say that most athletes could learn something from Jerry Rice. I know that I did growing up as a fan of his.