Albert Haynesworth's trainer
Albert Haynesworth didn't want to work out in Ashburn this offseason because, as he explained months ago, "to get me back to where I want to be, I need the serious training, I need the stuff that got me where I'm at."
He got where he's at with the help of Competitive Edge Sports, a Georgia-based outfit who sent trainer Tripp Smith to spend 12 weeks with Haynesworth during the offseason before his final season in Tennessee.
Turns out there's a whole library of video footage of Haynesworth and Smith working out, and talking about what they do. These quotes below are all taken from a reality-series episode that focused on Smith and Haynesworth. It's a couple years old -- note, ALL OF THIS STUFF IS A COUPLE YEARS OLD -- but it still provides a window into what Haynesworth found so compelling that he needed to stay away from Ashburn.
"You'll hear a lot of people talk about yeah, we do sports-specific training," Smith said on the episode. "And where we kind of separate ourselves is not only do we do sports-specific training, we also do position-specific training for a certain sport. So I'm gonna train you as a quarterback completely different than I'm gonna train Albert as a defensive lineman.
"And that's kind of where we separate ourselves from just general sports specificity all the way to position specificity. So if you're a professional ping pong player, I can make you a better ping pong player at what you do, or baseball, or basketball, or soccer. It doesn't matter what sport you play, I can break down your movements at your position and then apply our training principles to that to make you a better athlete at your sport and your position."
Something tells me maybe the Redskins also give different workout programs to Donovan McNabb and Ma'ake Kemoeatu. But Haynesworth is into this.
"We do a lot of stuff that has to do with my job," he said. "We're not doing backpedaling, stuff like that. We're doing stuff that is right for me and that's gonna help me on the field....
It's all about performance with me. No matter what, I'll never just kind of give up or be relaxed....Why settle, basically? Why settle for less when you can go out there and do more....
I really enjoy working out. I mean, it's hard, don't get me wrong, it's very hard, but it doesn't suck. Basically. It's fun, I can see the stuff that we're doing, what it's helping me in. I'm not out here doing offensive lineman drills or a running back drill, I'm doing stuff that is directed at being a defensive lineman. My goal is to be the best tackle in the NFL, in the league, to ever play the game. I know that's a large feat to accomplish but I think I can."
Again, this was all said before Haynesworth signed his mondo deal with the Redskins, and before he became such an offseason lightning rod, guaranteed to elicit blog questions like "My God, are you really writing about this again????" But these quotes are striking, in retrospect.
"Why not try to go out and be the best?" Haynesworth asked. "Why be satisfied making whatever money? Go out there and try to make Bill Gates money or something. I think that's what the world needs, more people not being satisfied with what they've got, but going out there and being hungry and trying to get even more. I mean, I know it seems [llke] when's enough enough, but honestly, I don't think enough is enough, ever
"I'm never really satisfied, I guess. That's my whole thing. You know, everybody's like, 'Oh, that was a great year, if only you could repeat that.' I'm like, repeat it? I want to do way better than that year. You look at my career in the NFL and college and even high school, every year I've gotten better....
I just can't sit still. I've always got to be bigger and better. No matter what I do, it's always got to be bigger and better. I don't think I'll ever be satisfied. [Someone] said I won't be satisfied until the day that I die. I guess that's when I'm satisfied is the day I die, but other than that, I'm always looking to get better. That's the whole thing: you can't be the best half the time or part of the time. You've to be the best every play, every game, every snap."
Tripp Smith, as it turns out, also wants to be the best.
"Every trainer's dream is to work with a famous person or a famous athlete or someone of Albert's caliber, and I'm there," he said in this old video clip. "It's an awesome feeling. I can't even put into words how great it is, and I'm very, very blessed. I'm 26, and I've done a lot of things that a lot of people never really get the opportunity ever in their life [to do], so I definitely am very, very blessed."
Wednesday, of course, Haynesworth is scheduled to practice with the Redskins. Then we can stop asking about his absence, and start asking what sort of shape he's actually in. Can't wait.
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