Indigo-3G® Infiltrates NFL

12/19/12
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Some of it belongs to him. Some of it belongs to his opponents. But it's all good. He's exactly where he wants to be, doing exactly what he wants to do.

Winston Churchill once said that he likes a man who grins when he fights. He would have loved Brian Cushing.

At 6'3" and 260 pounds, Cushing might single-handedly be turning around the Houston Texans franchise. His "nasty attitude" is infectious. After all, when you watch your teammate head-butt a 320 pound lineman – without a helmet – you have to step up your own game.


Maniac

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL


Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert is scrambling. He sees Cushing coming for him and slides to avoid the hit. In football, most defensive players leave the quarterback alone when they slide. Not Cushing. In fact, it just pisses him off.

Cushing accelerates and launches his body at Gabbert, smashing into him an inch before the QB hits the ground. Cush narrowly avoids the penalty and another quarterback is sidelined with bruised ribs.

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL

Cushing's career so far in the NFL is not without controversy, in spite of the rookie-year Pro Bowl selection. The attitude, the accusations, the reputation as a sometimes dirty player. But it's hard not to like a smiling 'villain' that's all in – every game, every play, never a half-assed effort. Covered in blood and loving every second of it.


The T Nation Connection

Many athletes view weight training and metabolic conditioning as a necessary evil. They don't enjoy it, but they drudge through it, knowing it'll help their game.

Brian Cushing is not one of those athletes.

Like us, he's a meathead. He geeks out on innovative training methodologies, he's interested in nutrition, and he's always on the forefront of new developments in the sports supplement industry.

In fact, Cushing first appeared on T Nation as a teenager, demonstrating DeFranco's approach to athletic conditioning.

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL

It's no surprise then that Cushing approached DeFranco with something he'd purchased from the T Nation website. It was a bottle of Indigo-3®. We spoke with Joe recently and asked him about Cushing's experience with Indigo-3® and how his training has evolved to take advantage of it.


The Beginning

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL


Brian Cushing wasn't the biggest kid Joe DeFranco had ever seen play for his alma mater, Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey, but the upstart sophomore looked promising.

Sitting in the stands, Joe could see that the kid was tough. Genetically gifted, sure, but plenty of genetic freaks never play past high school. This kid had tenacity and a degree of mental toughness not seen in most 16 year olds.

Not long after, Cushing and a friend walked into DeFranco's warehouse gym. They wanted to get stronger and faster, really push their game up to the next level. Cushing signed up for a few sessions and the rest is history.

Brian trained with Joe for the next two years of his high school career, four years of college, and on through to the NFL, where unlike most players, he rarely sits out a play when the defense is on the field.


Enter Indigo-3®

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL

Joe had indeed been reading about Indigo-3® when Cushing asked him about it, but he hadn't tried it yet. Given the strict rules about supplements in the NFL, Cushing normally runs his choices by Joe. But this time Cushing ordered Indigo-3® as soon as it became available and started taking it immediately.

We think it's noteworthy that Cush buys Indigo-3® with his own money. In other words, he's not a Biotest-sponsored athlete, nor is he receiving any type of compensation for taking the product or talking about the product. We consider that high praise.


Indigo-3® In-Season: Through-the-Roof Work Capacity

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL


We asked Joe how Cushing has been able to change his in-season training now that he's using Indigo-3®.

Joe noted that over twenty NFL athletes are booked with him this year, and every one of their programs is individualized for their needs. Most can handle only two resistance training sessions per week during the season. That's just enough volume for them to maintain their abilities without overdoing it. Initially, Cushing's program also called for two days per week.

DeFranco gave us a peek inside Cushing's new in-season program. Remember, though, this program was designed specifically for Cush and his needs. Joe D would be the first to say that it's not really something that other trainees should follow. We only included it to show you what kind of work he's doing during the season.



Brian Cushing's In-Season Training Program


MONDAY: Upper Body


Warm-Up

Foam Roll Thoracic Extension x 20 seconds
Lying Internal Rotation Stretch x 20 seconds
Side-Lying Windmills x 8 each side
Lying "Y-Handcuffs" x 8
Mini-Band Face Pull plus External Rotation x 8
Mini-Band Pull-Aparts x 20
Band "Shoulder Dislocations" x 8
Scap Push-ups / Push-ups x 10

Workout

1 Barbell Bench Press with Chains 2 x 4-5
Use two chains on each side. Work up to two sets of 4-5 reps with 72% of your 1RM (percentage does not include chains).
2 Palms-In Dumbbell Floor Press 100's x 8, 115's x Max Reps
Don't go to failure on Max Reps, but leave 1-2 reps "in the tank."
3A Neutral-Grip Seated Cable Rows 4 x 10
3B Underhand Mini-Band Pull-Aparts 4 x 20
4A Iso-Hold Dumbbell Shrugs 3 x 10
4B Thumbs-Up Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 x 12
5 Abdominal Plank Series  

TUESDAY: Lower Body


Warm-Up

Foam Roll IT Band, Quads, Adductors, Hamstrings x 20 seconds
SMR with Lacrosse Ball on glutes/piriformis x 20 seconds
Seated piriformis/glute stretch x 20 seconds
Roll-overs into V-sits x 10
Quadruped Knee Circles x 10 fwd/bwd
Moun tain Climbers x 10
Groiners x 5
Cossack Squats x 5 each side
Static Hip Flexor Stretch x 20 seconds
Box Jumps: 70% max height x 8 total jumps

Workout

1 Band TKE' 3 x 20
2 Barbell Box Squats with Chains 6 x 2
Use this progression model: 55% 1RM (two sets), 60% 1RM (two sets), 65% 1RM (one set), 70% 1RM (one set). Percentages do not include chains.
3 Upright Sled Walks 3-4 x 30 yards
4A Standing Barbell Calf Raises 3 x 10
4B Seated, Single-Leg Foot Dorsi Flexion with Mini Band 3 x 15 each foot
5A Hanging Leg Raises 2-3 x 15
5B Standing Dumbbell Side Bends 2-3 x 15 each side

THURSDAY: Full Body


Warm-Up

Combine your favorite upper and lower body warm-up exercises from the previous workouts.

Workout

1 Dumbbell Drop Hurdle Hops 4 x 3
Do four sets of three jumps, dropping 20 pound dumbbells. Set the hurdle so it's about the height of your bellybutton. Rest only 30-45 seconds between each set of 3 jumps.
2 Close Grip 3-Board Bench Press 2 x 6
Place index fingers on smooth part of bar. Work up to two sets of six reps with 80% of your 1RM bench press.
3 Cossack Squats with Chain 2 x 8 each side
Put one chain around neck, and use "slide technique.
4A Mini-Band Pull-Aparts 4 x 25
4B Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns 4 x 8
5 Pec Flyes on Cable Unit 3 x 15
Use light weight, just looking for pump.

FRIDAY: TV Vanity Day


Warm-Up

Perform a light warm-up of your choice, but I want you to conclude this warm-up with 2 x 20 mini-band pull-aparts and 2 x 20 TKE's.

Workout

1 Eccentric Barbell Curls 2 x 5
With 95 pounds, lower the weight as slow as possible, then quickly "cheat" it up.  
2 Palms-Up Dumbbell Curls 3 x 10
3A Orange-Band Hammer Curls 100 total reps
3B Orange-Band Triceps Pushdowns 100 total reps
4 Abdominal Plank Series
Light Rice Digs
Band Pull-Aparts
60 (to reach 100 total for the day)


"My Arms are Looking Sweet!"

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL


The Game Changer

The Game Changer: Indigo-3G Infiltrates the NFL


With its combined effects of nutrient-repartitioning and increased work capacity, Indigo-3® is the game changer. From the dedicated garage lifter to the NFL's elite, Indigo-3® is pushing up the ceiling of human performance.

The rumors are true: Brian Cushing is using a performance-enhancing substance. Quarterbacks beware.