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Aaron Rodgers is doing yoga and losing weight

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is slimming down, getting more flexible and, he hopes, making himself less susceptible to injury.

Rodgers told ESPN that he has lost 11 pounds this offseason. He’s believed to be the lightest he’s ever been in the NFL, and he says he’s working on yoga to get more flexible, which he hopes will keep him healthy.

“A lot of flexibility’s helping with those injuries as you get older,” Rodgers said.

The only injuries that have ever caused Rodgers to miss playing time were last year’s broken collarbone and a concussion in 2010. Increased flexibility isn’t going to help with either of those injuries.

But Rodgers says now that he’s 30, he reflects on what he can to to lengthen his career, and if that means spending more time in a yoga studio and less in the weight room, that’s what he’ll do.

“I just had to rest and get into my routine when I did,” he said. “There were some things I shied away from — some heavy lifting, especially shoulder stuff in the offseason — but I did my rehab and took it slow and feel good.”

Even with Rodgers missing half the season, the Packers managed to win the NFC North last year. If they can get Rodgers for 16 games this year, they’ll be Super Bowl contenders.

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  1. bassplucker says: May 31, 2014 9:16 AM

    He’s lost 11 lbs? So what does he plan on playing at, 180? If that Packers OL doesn’t take some big steps forward he may wish he had that extra padding back.

  2. mypercyhurts2 says: May 31, 2014 9:26 AM

    Let me get this straight.

    The number 3 offense in the NFL without Rodgers half the season last year.

    Losses: Jones
    Additions: Adams, Abbrederis, Janis, Rodgers (TE), Lyerla, 2 centers, 2 returning first round tackles, maybe Finley.

    Adding a focused and hungry best QB in football Rodgers. You gotta be kidding me.

  3. bettis3636 says: May 31, 2014 9:26 AM

    Good for him… nothing wrong with trying to prolong your career!

  4. thevikesarebest says: May 31, 2014 9:27 AM

    If only those fast food annihilating packer fans could follow the same route as their injury prone qb shaaron Rodgers.

  5. southstandsjunkie says: May 31, 2014 9:28 AM

    Yoga is fine….but we better not see you in yoga pants, Aaron. Thank you in advance.

  6. GenXJay says: May 31, 2014 9:28 AM

    laughable! Yoga, the California way.
    NFLN did an interview on Matthews on the same subject…But, yoga doesn’t work on thumbs.
    break a leg, ShAaron.

  7. beachsidejames says: May 31, 2014 9:29 AM

    including yoga to your workout is a smart thing.The increase in flexability will also help speed and reaction time to those hits that caused those injuries. Yoga sounds girly but if you try it the results are surprisingly positive.

  8. finsphan says: May 31, 2014 9:31 AM

    DDP yoga!!!!

  9. bucsorbust says: May 31, 2014 9:33 AM

    Maybe Josh Freeman is his new yoga instructor. Funny how things work out.

  10. norseyapper says: May 31, 2014 9:36 AM

    Very smart, and something every athlete should strongly consider.
    Loss of flexibility has long been understood as a leading cause of injury.

  11. heisthejuan says: May 31, 2014 9:42 AM

    If you weigh over 200 pounds, yoga can be a pretty good workout. Don’t want to pull a Peyton and miss a season because of a weightlifting accident.

  12. dfwhawkguy says: May 31, 2014 9:43 AM

    He may lose another 10 pounds in the first game of the season when the Hawks LOB defense tears loose a limb or two. #gohawks

  13. officialgame says: May 31, 2014 9:47 AM

    It should help him be more like Gumby, I mean Eli.

  14. RavenzGunnerz says: May 31, 2014 9:47 AM

    Toldya guys, NFL has been gay all along. Will make huge help for the GLBT cause if Rodgers and his fellow NFLers came out.

  15. mypercyhurts2 says: May 31, 2014 9:47 AM

    I gotta give it to the Viking fans, they are early risers on the weekend. That’s pretty much it.

  16. bornahawker says: May 31, 2014 9:48 AM

    Pretzeld in Seattle week one!

  17. officialgame says: May 31, 2014 9:51 AM

    That should help when you are getting body slammed onto the frozen tundra turf in December.

  18. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: May 31, 2014 9:51 AM

    When Rodgers says ‘yoga’, what he really means is Year Of Great Accomplishment. Haters will hate, but he’s been the best QB in the game for 5 years running.

  19. favrewillplay4ever says: May 31, 2014 9:55 AM

    DDP made it masculine to do yoga for a male. I’ll admit, I used to get a chuckle out of yoga, but once I tried it, I was sold.

    I look at yoga the same way we used to look at RB’s taking ballet. Remember when Emmitt Smith was explaining how his feet were able to move so smoothly?

    The best in the world do everything they can to prepare and put themselves in the best position to win. Wouldn’t surprise me if Brady and Peyton (if Peyton could find any time out of the film room) were doing this as well.

    Remember; like ballet, yoga is no to minimum impact on your joints and doesn’t have the breaking down and building up of your muscles like lifting does.

  20. pzzldfan says: May 31, 2014 9:58 AM

    To all you Viking trolls, read the last paragraph and then ask – What’s our record against Rodgers? Who has won the division the last 6 years? How many QB’s have we rolled out the last 20 years?
    SKOL = Simply Kant Own a Lombardi
    hahahhahhahahahahahahhahahhahahahha

  21. thegronk87 says: May 31, 2014 9:59 AM

    How about basic stretching instead?

  22. gustavejfrerotte says: May 31, 2014 10:03 AM

    ‘break a leg, ShAaron.’

    What a prodigy. For a 2 year old girl to be able to type like that is amazing.

  23. emoney826 says: May 31, 2014 10:04 AM

    Slimming down while still beating the piss out of the vikings. Viking fans stink of jealousy. Teddy falling Bridgewater won’t last 5 years in the nfl. Another bust of a qb in Minnesota land.

  24. jjh1982 says: May 31, 2014 10:10 AM

    He should just use peds like AP

  25. citizenstrange says: May 31, 2014 10:11 AM

    Next thing you know he’s gonna be eatin’ SUSHI and listenin’ to YANNI !

  26. filthymcfunny1 says: May 31, 2014 10:20 AM

    If it looks like a duck swims like a duck smells like a duck ???

  27. stellarperformance says: May 31, 2014 10:26 AM

    I love the fact that Aaron Rodgers does what he wants, knows what works, and doesn’t care what anyone else might think. He fits in with Packer fans and Wisconsinites in general. We got what others want. That’s why they attack with insults, the ammunition of losers. They don’t have anything else.

  28. 4thandlonger says: May 31, 2014 10:36 AM

    Trying to get lighter and quicker so he doesn’t get run down by Shae McLellin!

  29. nflpropickemking says: May 31, 2014 10:37 AM

    This guy will have a MVP type season.Packers will go 11-5 and lock up the #2 seed.

  30. sonofad says: May 31, 2014 10:37 AM

    Having a Hall of Fame caliber QB on your teams roster is what makes watching football so much fun.

    Packer fans deserve the best players.

  31. joker65 says: May 31, 2014 10:40 AM

    SKOL = Simply Kant Own a Lombardi

    Typical Packer fan. Can’t spell a lick. Do you also spell crazy as krazy? or cat as kat?

  32. mangoman1966 says: May 31, 2014 10:41 AM

    Maybe I should try this. 200 lbs and lost all my flexibility. So my wife tells me.

  33. irootforthecardinals says: May 31, 2014 10:44 AM

    Anyone else tired of reading comments on every single story from Seahawks fans? They’re like a spray paint artist, or an unneutered male dog, marking everywhere they go. Give it a rest, you won the Super Bowl, we all know.

  34. f1restarter says: May 31, 2014 10:45 AM

    Not only should football players make an effort to emulate AR, but some of the Minnesota women might benefit from his workout regiment as well.

  35. jimthebuilder27 says: May 31, 2014 10:46 AM

    Best QB in the game for the best franchise in the game with the best fans in the game!

  36. leatherface2012 says: May 31, 2014 10:47 AM

    again. why were his stats so bad last year. total passing yards was garbage

  37. filthymcfunny1 says: May 31, 2014 10:59 AM

    They’ll get into the play offs and then lose to the niners,giants etc. then we can dust off an old trophy!

  38. ghostofgilchrist says: May 31, 2014 11:05 AM

    For a second there I thought you said Rogers was doing Yogi …. quite a different visual…

  39. qdog112 says: May 31, 2014 11:10 AM

    Good luck Aaron, but real men watch NASCAR, fart and burp while downing bucket of KFC, drinking a keg of Papst with a side of baby backs.

    That’s how Neanderthals workout and they can play forever, exercising only their “remote thumbs”

    Any pro athlete who makes that kind of money and doesn’t try to prolong is career is just dumb. Rodgers doesn’t need a degree from Cal to know that. But he does have one from that hated “librul” institution.

    That’s it. It’s a librul conspiracy, a war on ignorance.

  40. whatjusthapped says: May 31, 2014 11:16 AM

    Packer articles draw Viking trolls like flies to a pile of cow dung, a good analogy if you ever been down wind to a Viking fan. Smells sort of like game day at the Metrodump but I digress.

    3 straight divisional titles and Rodgers missed half of last season and the Bears-Lions-Vikings still couldn’t get the job done. Especially the Bears and the Lions who were sitting in the driver’s seat with less than 3 weeks left in the season, I can understand the Vikings ineptitude because, well, because they are the Vikings.

  41. ariani1985 says: May 31, 2014 11:18 AM

    At least Erin tries to lose weight unlike the obese fans! Good for China doll.

  42. ariani1985 says: May 31, 2014 11:23 AM

    Erin, I lol at your name.

  43. joeylongarm says: May 31, 2014 11:24 AM

    downward dog

  44. leatherface2012 says: May 31, 2014 11:31 AM

    Anyone else tired of reading comments on every single story from Seahawks fans? They’re like a spray paint artist, or an unneutered male dog, marking everywhere they go. Give it a rest, you won the Super Bowl, we all know.

    but their question is, why didnt green bay. and they will keep hammering on that. like losing in the first round of the playoffs doesnt = a super bowl win

  45. leatherface2012 says: May 31, 2014 11:32 AM

    Not only should football players make an effort to emulate AR, but some of the Minnesota women might benefit from his workout regiment as well.

    it’s regimen. not regiment. good lord

  46. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 31, 2014 11:35 AM

    Aaron is the best QB in the game, can’t wait to see the Bears sweep the Packers this year…..September is coming Cheese Brains!!!!!

  47. In Teddy We Trust says: May 31, 2014 11:45 AM

    His problem isn’t a lack of flexibility, it’s a lack of courage. He missed 8 weeks with a 4-week injury because he was afraid of reinjuring it and he “felt some discomfort when handing off.”

  48. gbp4ever says: May 31, 2014 11:51 AM

    It’s funny that Vikings suck so bad that their fans have to troll on stories about other teams since the stories about their team are just about how they suck and have no future.

  49. filthymcfunny1 says: May 31, 2014 11:58 AM

    He’s trying to fit into a new dress

  50. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 31, 2014 12:03 PM

    Over his career, Rodgers has missed time only twice, as mentioned in the article. That’s a lot less than your beloved AP has missed.

  51. deafcone says: May 31, 2014 12:12 PM

    he needs to scramble faster to avoid getting his neck broke again behind that putrid OL.

  52. bucsorbust says: May 31, 2014 12:17 PM

    I wonder what number he’s wearing in the big house?

  53. loubearkane says: May 31, 2014 12:18 PM

    I’m sure Braun will be very pleased with Rodgers new body

  54. bucsorbust says: May 31, 2014 12:19 PM

    Scratch my last…meant for Aaron Hernandez! Sorry Mr. Rodgers–this ain’t you!

  55. gsomatt says: May 31, 2014 12:23 PM

    Anyone saying he’s a wuss for doing yoga has never done a full session of yoga.

    It’s intense if you’re doing it right.

  56. steelerdeathstar says: May 31, 2014 12:25 PM

    He’s apparently dating Olivia Munn…maybe that’s why he’s losing weight?!

  57. tokyofilthblaster says: May 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    It’s hard to find Packer articles without the words “Superbowl contenders” in them.

    It’s fun contending for Superbowls year in and year out. And no fans in the world are more deserving of that kind of excellence.

  58. purplepanteez says: May 31, 2014 12:46 PM

    Christian Ponder is a way better at yoga than Rodgers.

    Christian Ponder sets the pace for quarterbacking in the NFC North.

    #YogaSKOL

  59. howiehandles says: May 31, 2014 12:46 PM

    Good for him. Yoga is excellent, especially as we age. Doesn’t hurt looking up and seeing yoga pants everywhere either.

  60. palatypus says: May 31, 2014 1:26 PM

    Last year, Pete Carroll made yoga mandatory for all players on Fridays of training camp. They were not only one of the deepest teams in the league, but also one of the healthiest.

  61. crubenst says: May 31, 2014 2:18 PM

    In the words of Josh Freeman, it sounds like ARod may be “tapping the brakes.” No more heavy lifting. Trying to squeeze out a few more years at top dollar. Sounds like he’s gonna go at about 80% for the next 10 years to make sure he collects his paychecks.

  62. crubenst says: May 31, 2014 2:19 PM

    Maybe Ryan Braun’s supplier got pinched so Rodgers’ supply ran dry. That would explain the weight loss.

  63. crubenst says: May 31, 2014 2:21 PM

    Smells fishy to me. Losing weight isn’t the best protection when you’re getting pounded by 300 lb guys. Must be off the juice.

  64. 49erstim says: May 31, 2014 2:34 PM

    DDP Yoga. You can’t beat that. Now hopefully that O-Line is hitting the gym.

  65. minnesotablizzard says: May 31, 2014 2:38 PM

    90% of you wouldn’t even be able to finish a 60 minute hot yoga session without leaving the room to puke or be light headed. Calvin Johnson is also super into yoga, credits it when dealing with all those injuries he goes through.

  66. jollyjoker2 says: May 31, 2014 3:32 PM

    I think if he doesn’t run like RG me he would have a better chance of not getting hurt than 10 lbs on a yogurt diet.

  67. bucsorbust says: May 31, 2014 3:50 PM

    Long before yoga, some players actually took ballet lessons. Of course, then they got drafted by the St Louis Rams.

  68. veence69 says: May 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    A skinny, fragile #12 behind a patchwork offensive line?

    Sounds great.

  69. atthemurph says: May 31, 2014 4:29 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Hand the ball off to Lacy and Starks behind that OL with Bulaga and Sherrod and nobody will hold up for long.

    Grind ‘em down then throw to extend drives. Good luck stopping them.

  70. trapshoot says: May 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    Bike fans think he means Yogi Berra.

  71. stevent92 says: May 31, 2014 5:26 PM

    Seahawks, 49ers and Saints view the Packers the same way boots view ants.

  72. tokyosandblaster says: May 31, 2014 6:59 PM

    The Packers have to be the clear favorites this year for the NFC.

    It’s tough to repeat, so the Seahawks probably won’t win it all. The niners have a schism between the coach, many of the players, and the front office. The NFC south is a joke…and you can lump the lions, bears, and ESPECIALLY the Vikings in the joke category as well.

    Packers go 13-3 or 12-4 this year with relative ease.

    Packers / broncos Super Bowl.

  73. matt2calvin says: May 31, 2014 7:32 PM

    tok, I think you might be surprised by the Lions this year. We have always had as much talent (except QB), but we’ve never had the coaching staff. Hopefully our new HC can make a difference with these guys. The Lions might actually be competitive in the NFC North at season’s end…

  74. packsoldier says: May 31, 2014 7:37 PM

    A battering ram like Lacy has a tendency to slow down the pass rush. Packer foes can pick their poison.

  75. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 31, 2014 7:46 PM

    matt2calvin says:
    May 31, 2014 7:32 PM
    tok, I think you might be surprised by the Lions this year. We have always had as much talent (except QB), but we’ve never had the coaching staff. Hopefully our new HC can make a difference with these guys. The Lions might actually be competitive in the NFC North at season’s end…

    ____________________________________

    The Packer’s didn’t have Aaron, (thanks to McClellin) and The Bears had the worst D in the league with all 2nd strings playing and the Lions STILL could only finish in 3rd place. It’s good to stay positive though Lions fan…….L0L!

  76. mp4pack says: May 31, 2014 8:06 PM

    It has to hurt to be any team in the NFC north that doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers. Especially if youre one that’s never won a championship. And wears purple. No worries though, Teddy Bridgewater is the one. No really, we mean it this time.

  77. beerbratscheese says: May 31, 2014 8:25 PM

    tok, I think you might be surprised by the Lions this year. We have always had as much talent (except QB), but we’ve never had the coaching staff. Hopefully our new HC can make a difference with these guys. The Lions might actually be competitive in the NFC North at season’s end…

    I think the whole Suh thing shows it’s nothing but same-old same-old in Detroit. Sure, what he missed was “voluntary”, but if that were truly the case, so many more players across the league would skip.

    Fact is, Suh is a team captain and is not setting a good example. I don’t see much changing for the Lions. Tons of talent but no leadership/discipline.

    I have no problem with you being optimistic. I’d be too, if I were a Lions fan. But evidence doesn’t point to the Lions changing much this year.

  78. rainponcho87 says: May 31, 2014 8:53 PM

    Aaron can wear all the lulu lemon clothes he wants, packers can’t seem to get past Kaepernick

  79. revelation123 says: May 31, 2014 9:09 PM

    “He’s lost 11 lbs? So what does he plan on playing at, 180?”
    ————

    No. Rodgers is normally 225-230. That means he’s around 215-220.

    ————-
    “If that Packers OL doesn’t take some big steps forward he may wish he had that extra padding back.”
    ————-

    Getting back two 1st round OTs from injury will likely help them do that. Their starting OLine wasn’t bad last season, it was just injured.

  80. crownofthehelmet says: May 31, 2014 9:16 PM

    crubenst is on to something. Weight loss is a direct result of his lack of contact with Braun. Suppliers are tough to come by.

  81. cbblitz21 says: May 31, 2014 9:37 PM

    I hope he doesn’t wear yoga pants.

  82. stercuilus65 says: May 31, 2014 10:17 PM

    Aarron it will help you lose weight but it won’t help you grow a grew a few inches no matter what they told you, sorry.

  83. rosstuckershair says: May 31, 2014 10:56 PM

    The Packers have to be the clear favorites this year for the NFC.

    It’s tough to repeat, so the Seahawks probably won’t win it all. The niners have a schism between the coach, many of the players, and the front office. The NFC south is a joke…and you can lump the lions, bears, and ESPECIALLY the Vikings in the joke category as well.

    Packers go 13-3 or 12-4 this year with relative ease.

    Packers / broncos Super Bowl…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    hahahahahahahahaha. Same delusional Packer fans…just one player away…Which one? a 35 year old unmotivated foot problem case study? Or maybe a Viking cast off? A replacement for Mogan Burnett whom TT just overpaid? Look for this players blunt on his Facebook page…One and done Thompson strikes again…

  84. rosstuckershair says: May 31, 2014 10:58 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Hand the ball off to Lacy and Starks behind that OL with Bulaga and Sherrod and nobody will hold up for long.

    Grind ‘em down then throw to extend drives. Good luck stopping them……………………………………………………………………………..
    Still count on first round bust from 3-4 years ago to help that toilet paper line?,,,And now a toaster at center? If I was Rodgers I would want a trade..

  85. rosstuckershair says: May 31, 2014 11:00 PM

    It’s hard to find Packer articles without the words “Superbowl contenders” in them.

    It’s fun contending for Superbowls year in and year out. And no fans in the world are more deserving of that kind of excellence…………………………………………………………………………………

    I believe since your lucky Super Bowl win you swaud has flopped in the payoffs…I haven’t read and article with Super Bowl and Packers since 2010…

  86. purpleguy says: May 31, 2014 11:59 PM

    Any of you folks ever been to a yoga class? Not only a great workout, but the view from the back row is usually worth it, unless I suppose this Viking fan is behind Aaron Rodgers.

  87. axespray says: Jun 1, 2014 12:38 AM

    The Oline has only had two seasons were they were awful (2009 and 2012) and that was just the first halves of those seasons.

    2009 we were awful before Clifton & Tauscher came back from injuries. 2nd half of the season, Aaron had a lot of time to fire off deep passes (examples; the games against the Steelers and Cardinals).

    2012, Newhouse was the left tackle, Saturday was the center. Benched Jeff for EDS and the oline played pretty decent, just as long as we had a halfback in to help Marshall.

  88. leatherface2012 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:27 AM

    When Rodgers says ‘yoga’, what he really means is Year Of Great Accomplishment. Haters will hate, but he’s been the best QB in the game for 5 years running.

    right. better than montana….bradshaw….brady…uhhhh dont think so. unitas sammy baugh and the list goes on and on

  89. teamnorsecore says: Jun 1, 2014 4:51 AM

    Of course he is…….LOL.

  90. bullcharger says: Jun 1, 2014 6:16 AM

    Losing weight and staying flexible is fine to stop joint injuries, however, he may get rib injuries pretty easily. Durability is his problem so far in his career. Not that he’s been hurt all the time, but certainly more than Some of the other greats.

  91. stellarperformance says: Jun 1, 2014 6:40 PM

    Aaron Rodgers does what he wants, knows what works, doesn’t care what others think, and ignores insults and putdowns. He’s a champion. He has what others want. He understands the motivation of jealous rivals and their weak attempts to affect his performance. It’s no wonder he fits in so well with Wisconsin in general and Packer fans specifically. He’s just like us.

  92. sonofad says: Jun 2, 2014 2:51 PM

    I’m amazed at how the Packers can seemingly produce HOF QB’s at will.

  93. casurferho says: Jun 2, 2014 4:20 PM

    Packer Pride!!!
    I am just wondering, when Erin Rodgers is doing his Yoga routine, will his “personal assistant” be there holding his water bottle? Or will he be busy changing the Barbera Streisand Cd? Packers 13-3 this year!! Vikings, 14-2

  94. ariani1985 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:47 PM

    Will Yoga guranatee a first round loss again for the 6th year in a row????? On Time will tell ladies!!!

  95. stellarperformance says: Jun 3, 2014 2:27 PM

    The Packers have had two first round losses in the last seven (7) years. During that time they lost in the NFC Championship, won a SuperBowl (FYI….it’s the big season-ending game,) and lost in the Divisional Round twice.

    They will dominate the North Division, again, and contend, again. The only thing time will tell is if your new stadium would be better suited for a Mega-Church instead of Pro Football.

    And Aaron’s mother is named Darla, not Erin.

    Stay in school.

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