Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Updated: August 23, 1:29 PM ET
Sweat Spot: John Lynch
By Molly Knight ESPN Magazine
Editor's note: For most athletes, working out is just part of the program. Lifting weights, sprints, batting practice. They know
Lynch under the watchful eye of Placek.
the drill. But for the top athlete working out is more than just a routine. It's a way of life and they do just about anything to push their bodies to the next level. Sweat is regular feature in ESPN Magazine and on ESPN.com that takes a look at the players who know no limits when it comes to sweating it out.
Broncos safety John Lynch has forged a 13-year career taking down 225-pound backs. But during the off-season, he's no match for a 50-year-old woman.
The Pro Bowler has spent the past 10 summers training with Liba Placek, a former volleyball player who employs the Egoscue Method, which stresses symmetry and equal distribution of strength in an athlete╣s body. By isolating muscle groups through core strength and balancing exercises, Egoscue alerts athletes to weaknesses and helps strengthen them. Lynch calls it the secret to his longevity.
"Every problem I have -- back, shoulder, whatever --comes from my right hip," he says. "So I do exercises that strengthen it."
Lynch works out on the parallel logs.
In the "alligator walk," pictured right, Lynch stands on two parallel logs elevated three feet above the ground and touches his toes, testing his balance and opening up his balky hip. Then he walks his hands out until he's in push-up position -- isolating various muscles in his abdomen, quads, shoulders and chest -- before walking his legs to his hands. Lynch says training with Placek has made him a balance expert, giving him another on-field advantage. "I can see where someone is weak by the way they stand," Lynch says.
"Then I use their own body against them to bring them down."
Sweat also appears in ESPN The Magazine.