🏋️‍♂️ 7 retired NFL stars who are still strong as hell

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  • Seven retired NFL stars who are as strong as ever.

  • A look at seven of the most famous gyms in the world.

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Gridiron Strength

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After spending most of your life training for physical perfection, you would be forgiven if a strong urge to plant your butt on the couch and eat cupcakes devours your existence when you hit a certain age.

This is not the case with these seven retired NFL players, who are still strong as hell.

Terrell Owens was always known for his chiseled physique while playing receiver, and he credits his nutrition and dedication for still having a lightning-fast 40-time at close to 50 years old. Similarly, terrifying human being and former linebacker James Harrison’s habit of waking up before dairy farmers to hit the gym may be responsible for having a bench press over 500 pounds. Any way you slice it, these former elite athletes are still forces of nature.

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Any room full of Nautilus equipment and Bosu balls can be called a gym, but very few will think twice about passing it on the road.

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From the legendary Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio, that revolutionized the sport of powerlifting, to the original Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach, California, that inspired so many people to try to be like Arnold, these gyms are more than a collection of weights and mats. A visit to any of these havens is a pilgrimage into the modern history of strength training, and this article is a roadmap to the hypertrophic equivalent of The Way of St. James.

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