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Jimmy Graham uses altitude training for pre-camp edge

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham jumps to dunk the ball over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in New Orleans Reuters

Jimmy Graham soars over opponents on a regular basis.

So it’s no surprise the Saints tight end is getting some pre-training camp work in at altitude.

Graham has spent part of the last two summers in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

“The week before (training) camp I make sure I’m in Steamboat,”Graham told Luke Graham of the Craig Daily Press. “It’s to get those extra red blood cells. I can tell a big difference.

“Camp in the NFL — what you do in the offseason helps you survive camp.”

Graham lives in Miami in the offseason, and spends plenty of time there working out with former “U” alumni such as Ray Lewis, Andre Johnson and others. The South Florida heat is one thing, as well as the humidity of Metarie, La., where he’ll report to training camp soon.

But heading to the ski resort town has become part of his ritual, for two or three weeks of running and lifting, along with hiking and mountain biking (logging at least three hours and 25 miles a day).

“For me it’s the community. For me I feel like everyone’s mindset here is really outdoor training,” Graham said. “It seems like everyone is working out. Last movie you can watch here is at 8 p.m. People are in bed at 9 p.m. to go hiking at 6 a.m. To be around that is a great atmosphere.”

It’s also great training, and it can’t hurt his progress in becoming one of the best tight ends in the game.

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11 Responses to “Jimmy Graham uses altitude training for pre-camp edge”
  1. hpeters77 says: Jul 12, 2012 8:10 PM

    Geaux graham future hof

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 12, 2012 8:13 PM

    Want to know what’s fun in ski resort towns? Snowboarding.

  3. yousuxxors says: Jul 12, 2012 8:31 PM

    doesnt help vecause once you get back down to sea level your body goes back to normal

  4. purplegreenandgold says: Jul 12, 2012 8:33 PM

    Last movie you can watch here is at 8 p.m. People are in bed at 9 p.m. to go hiking at 6 a.m. To be around that is a great atmosphere.”
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    this guy would be an exceptional speaker at the rookie symposium

  5. mikelitoris1 says: Jul 12, 2012 9:02 PM

    Ryan Clark wants an explanation.

  6. ranoversquarells says: Jul 12, 2012 10:24 PM

    How he was ranked above Gronk on the NFL top 100 is one of the most shocking events of the offseason.

  7. vtopa says: Jul 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    This guy is a monster. Fear him NDFL defenses. Fear him.

  8. vtopa says: Jul 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    This guy is a monster. Fear him NFL defenses. Fear him.

  9. saints4evah says: Jul 13, 2012 12:13 AM

    Best Saints draft in decades…when he truly learns the game, this kid will shatter the positional records over his knee. Much to be excited about. Geaux Graham Reaper

  10. congocash says: Jul 13, 2012 2:02 AM

    Steamboat is actually the home of the worlds largest ball of yarn…. Thats why hes really there….the yarn puts everything in percpective.

  11. jtdapit50 says: Jul 13, 2012 3:11 AM

    Hahaha It seems a lot of players have been doing variations of getting HIGH altitude this off season.

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