Reigning World's Strongest Man Martins Licis recently announced that he will not be competing in this year's World's Strongest Man competition due to injuries he sustained after getting hit by a car earlier this year. But that doesn't mean he's stopping his training.
Davis talked about the teams he previously played for during his career (the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos, and the Washington Football Team.) He said his favorite team to work with was the Washington Football Team.
"I grew up a lifelong Washington fan, and to be able to go back home and play in front of family and friends was truly amazing. I wouldn't trade it for anything," Davis said.
The guys then get to their training for the day, and start with zombie squats. Davis was trying the movement for the first time, so Licis offered some instruction. Licis advised Davis to widen out his knees and squat with his feet externally rotated, and to pause at the bottom of each rep.
"I've seen some huge guys, but he's one of a kind," said Davis regarding Licis' mobility. "He can really move. I like the way he bends. It's pretty amazing to see that."
They continued to add weight on the zombie squat, going up to 200 pounds. Davis loved the challenge.
"It feels good on the back, it's crazy," said Davis. "How come I've never done that?! As long as I was playing I never did zombie squats."
They continued to chat as they trained, and Davis shared a story about the worst injury he ever had. Given his livelihood as an NFL star, it was pretty tame.
"The worst injury I ever had was a strained MCL, during my first couple years in the NFL. But no surgeries," said Davis.
Next, the guys move to shoulder presses.
"For me, my shoulder is still recovering from the car crash, so don't expect anything impressive. I'm gonna do my best," said Licis.
Davis shared that his bench press max was 435 pounds, while his max number of reps for 225 pounds, which is a standard baseline test for NFL prospects, is 33 reps.
"Better than I've ever done," said Licis.
Davis also shared that his 40 yard dash time was 4.36 seconds—which is a ridiculously fast time for his size and position.
Of course, Licis' warmup before they moved to the shoulder press was to lift Davis for an overhead squat. (Davis said he weighs 240 pounds, so this was no small lift.)
After some shoulder presses, they moved to bench presses, which Licis said is his weak point. To warm up, Licis and Davis started with some single-arm planks. Davis grabbed some dumbbells and uses an incline bench before calling it quits for the day.
"He has some dancing to do after this so we're keeping it short and sweet," Licis quipped.
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