When your nickname is Bam, you have a lot to live up to. But for Brandon Boykin, that’s been the case since his high school football days and he has yet to disappoint. First at the University of Georgia and now with the Philadelphia Eagles, who selected the cornerback in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
His explosiveness earned him the moniker when Cindy Morely, a local sportswriter for the Fayetteville Daily News, used it in a game recap article. As a Bulldog, Boykin’s success continued and he firmly established himself as both a corner and returner, which made him appealing to the NFL scouts.
When asked what is the best part of his game, the Fayetteville native responded, “My versatility,” without nary a hesitation. “On special teams and as a defensive back,” he continued. “I can play the nickel and outside corner spots. I had a lot of success in 2013 – six interceptions – but that was last year.”
Boykin, 23, knows that he must keep stepping it up and his offseason training program gives him the opportunity to do so. Needing a strong and flexible lower body, he performs a series of exercises to get his hips and legs ready for the grind of 16 regular season games and (hopefully) more.
“As a cornerback, I need good hip mobility,” he explains. “So I do a lot of ladders and ropes. And every night, I walk around with elastic bands on my knees, which gives extra emphasis on the hips and glutes.”
In addition, Boykin also performs the more basic movements such as squats and lunges. “This offseason, I have been going pretty heavy with squats,” he says. “Around 300 pounds, three sets of five reps, and working my way up to 450 pounds max on the heavier days. You want to challenge yourself and get your legs stronger.”
To hit his lower body parts from a different angle, Boykin does a good amount of lunges. “With 135 pounds on the bar, I do six reps with each leg going forwards and then backwards (12 reps total) and do two sets of these.”
For soft tissue work, Boykin uses a foam roller and stretch bands and also receives massages.
Here’s a look at Boykin’s weekly routine:
MONDAY – Upper body (heavy)
TUESDAY – Lower body (heavy)
WEDNESDAY – Total body
THURSDAY – Lower body (light)
FRIDAY – Cardio (2 ½ mile run)
SATURDAY – Rest
SUNDAY – Rest
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