This offseason is different for Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.
He can actually work out this year.
Stewart is trying to push through two injury marred seasons, and has taken on some new methods in an effort to do so.
“I’m 27. Even though I’ve been banged up and still working through some kinks, the way I look at life is you have to look at the positive,” Stewart told Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. “The positive right now is that last year at this time I wasn’t working out and right now I’m working out.”
Stewart’s doing yoga three times a week to work on flexibility, and has worked with a group called ADAPT Training, which treats him like a baby, breaking movements down into their most primary units.
“Babies climb on things. Babies learn how to walk. They crawl. They walk sideways. It really forces your body to learn how to function properly. Stuff like that really helped get me back into the rhythm of things working out,” Stewart said. “As of right now, the things I’m doing, I’m doing pretty well, . . . But football is totally different from just training and running around.”
Stewart benefits from being one of those players who cost more to cut than keep (even after a pay cut), so the Panthers are going to hope he returns. When well, he’s proven himself effective. Staying that way lately is the bigger challenge.