CALGARY -- This morning, Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate was busy flipping tires and hitting them with a sledgehammer. Tomorrow, he’ll be kickboxing. This doesn’t sound like the way a quarterback would typically spend his free time, but it’s all part of Tate’s new MMA-style training regimen at Guy Mezger's Combat Sports Club in Dallas.
Drew decided to try mixed martial arts workouts this off-season when his agent connected him with UFC 13 lightweight tournament champion Mezger.
Five days a week, you’ll find Tate at the gym training. His current schedule includes two-a-day workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and one workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each session lasts about an hour. The overall objective is to get the most out of a workout in a short amount of time.
“He’s all about recovery,” says Tate of Mezger. “It’s a different way of training and I really like it because I stay real fresh. My body feels good all the time. The idea is to not overload your system and to use recovery. It’s been crazy because I’ve really gotten stronger and my body has transformed.”