Detroit Lion's Training Camp #speed #sprinting #track #coach #coaching

Dear Reader,

Not long after Charlie and I met, Charlie was hired to work with the coaches and athletes with the Detroit Lions. I was allowed to train with the players while Charlie was coaching the players. I was just starting my own serious track training and it was an amazing experience to see so much athletic talent, speed and agility from these players. 

Below is some notes from my training log. #speed #sprinting #NFL #americanfootball #athlete #athletics #professional #coaching #track #DetroitLions 

Here is the link to see my training alongside the players


May 3rd 1992 ( Sunday would not  have been a normal training day for me)

Bed time = one of CF’s athlete’s called at 12:30am and woke me up. ( not impressed)

Wake= 7:30 am Drove CF to Silverdome and came back and ate breakfast. ( oatmeal )

I trained alone today and did some swimming and hot and colds in the pool and hot tub. I also did some R’A’s in the pool.


Monday May 4th 1992

 quick hot and cold in shower.  felt good this morning , oatmeal, bagel with cream cheese and jam.  ( I was just starting to learn about supplements at this time. Looking back it was okay but I had a lot of issues and problems as I was taking so many tablets and hyper focused on the exactness of this or that. I see now there is a much bigger picture out there with regards to nutrition and really we had no idea)

Notes Feb 11th 2024 I had a rudimentary understanding of nutrition as I look back. I was always hungry or full and realize now I am sure I had insulin resistance which explains why I had constant issues with feeling good or bad and rarely AMAZING. Educate yourself about nutrition, get serious about it as it is one of teh most important performance aids thats essential to learn, practice and it's a like skill to stay well, keep your family and or loved ones well. 

Morning Training 8:30 am  The Lion’s training camp was an opportunity for us to have a mini training camp along side the Lion's camp. We trained 2 x per day.  

Warm-up = Jogged 10 minutes around the track. Easy back and forth and mixed in sit ups and pushups in small numbers.  Easy stretching 4 x 15 meters of A’s B’s R’A’s, 

9:50am = back to room 

   Nap and  ate lunch at 11am = Chicken leg, chicken breast , cup of soup , bread and butter

-         Went to the pool and  hot tub to do hot and cold

-         Came back and had another nap

-         Picked up Charlie and we went to the track to do our afternoon main workout

-         Went to track about 3:30pm. It was cold today. Warmup was good and I made sure I was warm and loose before doing too much. Lots of tightness in the hamstring was careful.

-back and forths and stretching

-4 x 10 meter A’s , B’s R’A’s tripling and bumkicks and bounding.

- 2 x strides in spikes

-3 x ( 5 steps) over 5 to 6 hurdles

- it started to spit rain so it was cold so we went to Gold’s gym to lift weights. 

  1. Ham Curls 40, 60,70, 80, 90lbs
  2. Pull downs 70, 80 100, 100lbs
  3. Bench from machine 
  4. Steated Row 70, 90, 100, 100lbs( last set was too heavy ) would have been machine again
  5. Leg extenstion machine
  6. Bench free weights 45lbs, 65 lbs 85lbs ( needed help with that ) 

Notes about the lifting = I would not have done all the ham curls in a row and then done pull downs. We would have rotated the lifts with ham curl and then a pull down and bench from machine and then go back to ham curl. Once that group was completed we would have rotated the leg extension machine with bench. This gives each body part a rest while adding an element of fitness into the lifting as well. 

If we were lifting heavy or doing a primary lift of importance during competition or during a maximum strength phase the style of lifting would have been different.More focus on quality and weight with much lower volume of reps. 

 ( feeling a little pissed that I could not do speed however we tried to make the best of it.)

Finished in the pool which we often did if the weather prevented us from doing work and we needed to get more done. 

Finished with 2 sets of 10 min Running A’s in pool ( 45 hard / 15 sec easy) ( this is the pool workout we did 100 percent of the time in the pool to replace tempo such as Big Circuit, Little Circuit, 2 sets of 10 x 100 meters and or push up sit up workout which everyone hates but everyone benefits greatly from doing ) If you want to see it done I was showing Jane in Project Jane  how to do this. Training in the pool is one of the best ways to recover while still doing work)

-         Towards the end of the last set my right leg was a little tight. The lifting was good tonight

-         ( after pool we went for dinner) veal, potatoes salad , soup, bread, mint tea cheese cake;)

-         ==================================

-         May 5th 1992 Tuesday

-         Bed 12am/ wake 10:30 am

-         I woke up and drank some water, Charlie came back at 12noon and we had breakfast. ( Breakfast was his favorite meal of the day

-         Big Circuit went smoothly. The 50 meter recovery is essential in order get the most out of my runs / I need this amount of rest to keep the quality of the runs high

-         Big Circuit always feels best when it’s over ( I loved this comment.. so true;)

-         3pm Lunch = 3 egg omelette / oj, pineapple juice , water/ not taking supplements right now. I am feeling vitamin overload.

-         I spoke to one of the players and he had a lot of good things to say about Charlie

-         Going to pool to do contrast then shower and then lift .

-         Warm up ( I would not  have spent much time as I would have been pretty warm form the Running Big Circuit

-         1. pull downs 60, 70, 80,90. 100lbs

-         2. Multi position situps in sets of 10

-         3. Bench 45, 45 ( I am assuming this was dumbbell bench as I only did 2 sets and that would have been enough of a stimulus )

-         4. Ham curls = 60, 70lbs ( on machine)  

Take a look at the video clip to see some of the training. It's real footage taken in 1992.





Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.