Training camps in the National Football League are designed to push players (and coaches for that matter) to the limits of their mental and physical capabilities. Teams want to find out which players have what it takes to survive the grind of a 16-game regular season schedule, and players have their sights set on earning six-, seven-, and even eight-figure salaries for the coming season. If you haven’t experienced an NFL training camp, it’s nearly impossible to put into words exactly how much of a grind those four to six weeks truly are.
A typical day consists of meetings, followed by practice, followed by treatments for any bumps and bruises, followed by meetings, followed by workouts and/or a second practice, followed by more meetings. In total, players typically spend 15-18 hours a day — with only a handful of days off mixed in — in the “office” (aka their team’s training facility) during training camp. As you can imagine, with that type of schedule it is extremely difficult for NFL players to stay in shape and take adequate care of their bodies.