Throughout the preseason, the Cowboys’ new starting running back, Felix Jones, has put on quite a show.
Over the last four games, he has rushed for a total of 99 yards on 16 carries, averaging an incredible 6.6 yards per carry. Additionally, he caught 4 passes for 34 yards.
So what’s the secret to Jones’ recent success?
According to an article written by Fox Sports’ Matt Mosley, it’s gymnastics.
Yes, you read that right-gymnastics.
According to the article, Felix started working out with Brazialian gymnastics coach, Igor Carvalho in March. It was then-starting running back, Marion Barber, who suggested the idea.
Soon, fellow running back, Tashard Choice and Cowboys’ receiver, Jesse Holley, began to tag along.
Carvalho, who owns a gymnastics and cheerleading facility in Rockwall, TX, has been working with Jones on improving his all-around game.
In order to improve balance, Carvalho has Jones and the rest of the players balance their feet on an inflatable ball while catching a football.
To increase his upper body strength, Jones has been working out on the high bar and the rings.
In addition, Carvalho has Jones go through a series of stretches in the days leading up to a game designed to improve his felixbility and reduce injury, which could be very important this season, as Jones is now the starting running back and expected to receive the bulk of the carries.
The running back from the University of Arkansas claims that his gymnastic sessions with Carvalho have helped him on the football field, improving his balance, strength and mobility.
If the preseason has been any indication, it appears that Jones is correct; though I certainly wouldn’t expect to see him competing for Olympic gold anytime soon.
I am fairly certain, however, that Cowboy fans will settle for a Super Bowl Ring.