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Frank Gore gets ready for football with boxing workouts

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With every passing year, Frank Gore’s going to have to fight for his job.

He should at least be prepared.

The 49ers running back has prospered in recent years, swearing by an offseason regimen of boxing workouts. Along with some help from a former PED pariah, Gore has remained consistently productive and available.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a deep look at the workouts, which happen at the Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos.

“You hear of fighters who don’t have knockout power?” trainer Brian Schwartz said. “If Frank was a fighter, he’d have knockout power. His punches are fast and snappy.”

“It helps you get your mind right,” Gore said of the boxing workouts, which includes sessions with actual boxers. “A mind thing, and also a challenge. I’m very competitive.”

“B [Schwartz] don’t let ‘em go all out. He wants me to be safe, but I think I do a pretty good job. I know when I’m done, all the true boxers [are] surprised at what I know.”

Gore has been training with Schwartz the last three offseasons, using a combination of old school boxing techniques and new technology, such as a tent which replicates high-altitude conditions by pumping in lower-oxygen air while the athletes work out inside.

The tent was the idea of Victor Conte, infamous for his role in the BALCO doping scandal, who spent four months in jail in 2005 and 2006. Conte also has designed nutritional supplements for a number of 49ers players, something Gore says has helped him in recent years.

While the name might draw attention, you can also point to results, as Gore has remained consistent and productive into his 30s, a time when most running backs are headed out to pasture instead of turning into Raging Bulls.

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43 Responses to “Frank Gore gets ready for football with boxing workouts”
  1. clashpoint says: Jul 5, 2014 10:25 AM

    Oh, he’s using the Ray Rice workout!

  2. shutdaup says: Jul 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    Hang them up

  3. pats1944 says: Jul 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    Frank is a great RB and seems like a brawler I wouldn’t want to mess with. -patriots fan

  4. Smash-Mouth.com says: Jul 5, 2014 11:01 AM

    I’ve always been a big Frank Gore fan. Honestly don’t think he’s ever gotten the credit he truly deserves. Seems like every year I say this is going to be the year he starts to decline and he always proves me wrong. Remarkable athlete.

  5. 700levelvet says: Jul 5, 2014 11:08 AM

    “You never got me down Ray, never got me down “…

  6. 4949centennial says: Jul 5, 2014 11:13 AM

    From 2005 until 2010 he carried the team on his back. In spite of having no other offensive threat he consistently produced. Many times he faced 9-10 man fronts and still Niners couldn’t throw. He never complained. He always put his head down and went to work.

    That’s why he will remain as one of my favorite Niners, no matter what happens next.

  7. sourdoughsam says: Jul 5, 2014 11:17 AM

    Best 49ers RB in my lifetime. Roger Craig was great but Frank has been the heart of the offense for almost a decade.

  8. osiris33 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:22 AM

    Yeah he’s real productive. He had a whole 14 yards on 11 carries against the World Champion Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. He’s done.

  9. time2speakup says: Jul 5, 2014 11:48 AM

    Watching this young man grow and produce over the years has been a very good and enjoyable thing.

    Hear it now – as long as Harbaugh and/or Baalke have ANY type of influence with the 49er’s, Frank Gore will have some type of on going, hands-on involvement with the team. Take that to the bank.

  10. beastmode5150 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:55 AM

    And taps out in Seattle every year. Only guy wearing a rain coat.

  11. 49erstim says: Jul 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Good call osiris33. Good players never have bad games and the Seahawks Defense isn’t ANY good so it MUST be that Frank Gore simply isn’t very talented. Great. I’m glad we had this talk. Ya see…..that’s how ridiculous you sound. You spend all your time dogging the 9ers and saying that they aren’t any good and then brag that your team beat em. You aren’t too bright.

  12. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Jimmy Smith did this before the 2013 season and it worked for him. I think it should keep Gore in shape for 2014.

  13. bifftannen55 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:05 PM

    osiris33 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 11:22 AM
    Yeah he’s real productive. He had a whole 14 yards on 11 carries against the World Champion Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. He’s done.
    ——————————
    He also had 17 carries for 110 yards in week 14 too. His run on the last drive set up the Niners game winning FG.

  14. thephinatic says: Jul 5, 2014 12:22 PM

    The dude is almost impossible to tackle in madden.

  15. 64post says: Jul 5, 2014 12:31 PM

    osiris33 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 11:22 AM
    Yeah he’s real productive. He had a whole 14 yards on 11 carries against the World Champion Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. He’s done.

    If memory serves, he gouged the Hawks for a game winning play in SF last year. He got on the ground inbounds after a 58 yd. run to eat up some clock. Someone could make a highlight reel of Frank’s games against Seattle over the years.

  16. 64post says: Jul 5, 2014 12:34 PM

    This guy is a 10k yard career back, not many of those ever considering how long the NFL has been in existence. Came out of the “U” after 2 ripped ligaments and many teams said no thanks.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    That man simply can’t break tackles. He rarely gets yards after initial contact. If he gets hit behind the LOS the play is dead.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    The miracle of modern illicit medicinals.

  19. kuranda84 says: Jul 5, 2014 1:02 PM

    Lynch did boxing workouts last offseason. I noticed his stiff arms were much nastier. Perhaps Gore will be giving out the same nasty stiff arm this year…

  20. brokebackbrees says: Jul 5, 2014 1:45 PM

    Would love to see him land a good one on Sherman.. Oh wait, Sherman probably won’t play this year after his ped tests.. You heard it here first.

  21. granadafan says: Jul 5, 2014 1:45 PM

    Only an inbred Seahag bandwagon, throwing-trash-at-injured-players “fan” would think that one bad game = done with career.

  22. bifftannen55 says: Jul 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 12:54 PM
    That man simply can’t break tackles. He rarely gets yards after initial contact. If he gets hit behind the LOS the play is dead.
    ———————–
    You obviously haven’t seen enough of Frank the tank. I would’ve thought of something a lot more clever to say, but then I saw that you’re a Raiders fan… Your “lyfe” must be as pathetic as that franchise. Irrelevant and not worth anymore time. Now go cry in that awful stadium that overflows with crap and sewage. LOL!

  23. thenewguy12 says: Jul 5, 2014 2:14 PM

    The young 49ers RBs such as Marcus Lattimore, Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter couldnt possibly have a better mentor than Frank Gore. He has dealt with so much adversity, especially the injury issues he had early on and he has persevered and been successful in spite of it. If the 49ers are smart, they’ll find a role within the organization for him after he retires.

  24. senoreno says: Jul 5, 2014 2:27 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 12:54 PM
    That man simply can’t break tackles. He rarely gets yards after initial contact. If he gets hit behind the LOS the play is dead.
    ———————————————-

    We must not be talking about the same Frank Gore. You must be confusing him for Darren McFadden.

  25. despenc925 says: Jul 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    That man simply can’t break tackles. He rarely gets yards after initial contact. If he gets hit behind the LOS the play is dead.

    LOL your name is “raiderlyfe510″…you’re irrelevant coming from a guy who’s a fan of a team that has darren mc fadden! can you say BUST!

  26. bornahawker says: Jul 5, 2014 3:10 PM

    O’ER THE HILL

    GO HAWKS!

  27. seahawkboymike says: Jul 5, 2014 3:17 PM

    49erstim says:

    Good call osiris33. Good players never have bad games and the Seahawks Defense isn’t ANY good so it MUST be that Frank Gore simply isn’t very talented. Great. I’m glad we had this talk. Ya see…..that’s how ridiculous you sound. You spend all your time dogging the 9ers and saying that they aren’t any good and then brag that your team beat em. You aren’t too bright.
    ———————————————————
    Actually, he’s very bright. He’s the author of 5 books & is on TV all the time. And please, when is the last time Gore had a big game in Seattle? When he had 14 yards in the NFC Championship game? When the 49ers lost 29-3 in week 2? When the 49ers lost 42-13 in 2011? And seriously, without that one fluke run in the game in SF, he had 59 yards on 16 carries. A lot of back could have run through that hole when the Seahawks overran the play. He’s done. Face it.

  28. sjsuguy says: Jul 5, 2014 4:55 PM

    He had two 90+ yard runs against a pre PED Seattle team in the same game, but I wouldn’t expect a seaadderal fan to know that because none existed prior to last season.

  29. mackcarrington says: Jul 5, 2014 5:53 PM

    It is beneficial for athletes to cross train in other sports during their off-seasons. I know that some people fear, for example, a football player getting injured playing basketball, the but the positive aspects far outweigh the risk of major injuries. I think you would see a reduction in a lot of injuries in the sport of their profession.

  30. 34defense2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 6:47 PM

    So true pats1944!! The first time I saw him close up. Fighter,, Boxer was the first thing that came to mind!!! He has a Boxers look!! The look of a guy that you can keep hitting and hitting and he just keeps coming forward and forward not changing his facial expressions one bit!! He has that Smokin Joe face!!! I Would not want to trade blows with that guy!!!

  31. 34defense2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 6:57 PM

    All take him on
    My team!!! Twice on Sunday!! He’s far from done!! Actually the more he plays and the more carries he gets in a game. He seems to get stronger and starts to really get a feel for the game!! He’s a beast! Tough great runner!!

  32. tedmurph says: Jul 5, 2014 7:01 PM

    Anyone that argues how this guy gets ready for a season is either nuts or a hater. Now, he’s trying to find a way to get even better. Not too many backs in this league last 5 yrs, never mind 9+(@around 1200 yrds per) after almost being written off after his college career. Some of the mouthbreathers should put the hate aside and be a fan once in awhile. Although, it’s a free country. You can put all your gear on, pay your money, and boo til your heart’s content if you want.

    Almost in Curtis Martin territory.

  33. tedmurph says: Jul 5, 2014 7:08 PM

    If I were Gore , I’d greatly resent the implication of the article header, and would perhaps test my boxing skills. This site loves to take cheap shots, and this definately ranks among the best. There’s a difference between being provocative and hitting rock bottom.

    Not even close to being a 49er fan.

  34. spittabeatz says: Jul 5, 2014 7:14 PM

    How can anyone ever talk bad about frank gore, he is a true professional, quiet guy and just works hard..played on awful teams and has become the 9ers all time leading rusher..hall of fame in my book

  35. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 5, 2014 9:41 PM

    Gore is a fixture in watering holes around the Redwood City area.
    Let me tell you, he can’t take too many shots to the nugget.
    The phrase “dumb as a bowl of hair” comes to mind.
    Good thing he can run the ball.

  36. RegisHawk says: Jul 6, 2014 6:36 AM

    He’s done better against the Seahawks than Steven Jackson ever did, I’ll give him that much.

  37. omeimontis says: Jul 6, 2014 7:13 AM

    I wouldn’t take any “nutritional supplements” from someone who had been convicted of doping athletes. It may get them suspended for PEDs if they positive for some new drug at a later date.

  38. dirtydrew says: Jul 6, 2014 9:30 AM

    It’s funny to see Seahawks fans talking smack already.I guess they forgot the 2 90 plus yard td runs he had against the Hawks. Or the 200 yard games he has had multiple times against the Hawks . It good you guys finally have a trophy to go in that spider web infested trophy case of yours. But it’s 1, not 3 or 5…1. So stuff it. Waite till Marshawn retires, or continues to show the slow down he did at the end of last year. Yeah, the 49ers have not won in Seattle in a couple of years…when did you last win in SF? It’s been a while, and we don’t have an acoustically I handed stadium. We just beat you guys on the field.

  39. steveny5 says: Jul 6, 2014 11:29 AM

    He’s got the eye of the tiger.

  40. thegrigga49 says: Jul 6, 2014 5:15 PM

    When they’re careers are all said and done with,Frank Gore will have more yards rushing than Marshawn Lynch.

  41. jp3180 says: Jul 6, 2014 7:18 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Jul 5, 2014 3:17 PM
    Actually, he’s very bright. He’s the author of 5 books & is on TV all the time. And please, when is the last time Gore had a big game in Seattle? When he had 14 yards in the NFC Championship game? When the 49ers lost 29-3 in week 2? When the 49ers lost 42-13 in 2011? And seriously, without that one fluke run in the game in SF, he had 59 yards on 16 carries. A lot of back could have run through that hole when the Seahawks overran the play. He’s done. Face it.
    ————————–
    Sure, very sound logic. I mean Lynch had 109 yards in the NFCCG, but 40 came on one play. So he really only had 69 yards on 21 carries and then the one fluke run. Lynch is done, just face it. Again, awesome logic.

  42. mezter says: Jul 7, 2014 11:49 AM

    Frank Gore is my favorite RB in the league. I hope for nothing but the best for him this season. I’d love for him to finally get a ring before he decides to move onto something else.

  43. 49erlifer says: Jul 7, 2014 3:28 PM

    He had two 90+ yard runs against a pre PED Seattle team in the same game, but I wouldn’t expect a seaadderal fan to know that because none existed prior to last season.

    As a spectator at the stick that beautiful day i can attest frank ran for 208 yards and the whole 100 seahawks fan base aka 12th man were in attendance to watch! If im not mistaken Willis broke Hasselbacks ribs that game too what a site. It is a game that will always be with me and i will pass down to future faithful til my time runs out here. Go Niners!

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