The legend of Scott Cochran is well known to those who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide football program closely.
The assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning makes more than half-a-million in salary to turn the Alabama players into lean, mean, Roll Tide-ing machines.
Ted Spiker of Men’s Health magazine recently went to Tuscaloosa to learn more about Cochran’s methods. (There are some great training photos along with the piece.)
One of the more interesting parts of the piece deals with a breakout about four Alabama players who have taken their bodies to the next level — in hopes of getting to the next level — with Cochran.
Here are the four players the magazine featured:
- O.J. Howard, senior tight end: Howard has bulked up 30 pounds in four years. “Every time I power clean, I think about going up to catch the ball,” he said.
- Dalvin Tomlinson, senior defensive lineman: Tomlinson has used the jammer machine to improve his power clean lift for more power. “I’m not the tallest or biggest or strongest,” he said. “Somebody’s always going to be stronger or faster.”
- ArDarius Stewart, junior wide receiver: In Tuscaloosa, the former high school quarterback has added 15 pounds of muscle but still has dropped his 40-yard dash time.
- Da’Ron Payne, sophomore defensive lineman: Payne has dropped 35 pounds since high school in part by watching the calories. According to the article, weight-gainers at Alabama eat upwards of 8,000 calories per day, while weight-losers stick to 4,000.