On one hand, Patrick Willis has been a straight-up beast since entering the NFL. He led the league in tackles as a rookie in 2007, he’s made four straight Pro Bowls, and the NFL alumni have named him Linebacker of the Year three times. On the other hand…he’s been on a lot of crappy teams. Willis hopes to rectify that beginning this Sunday, when his Niners open their season against the Seahawks. But first, our latest Man of the Moment tells us about getting ripped, staying humble and loading up on Crystal Light. You know, the usual.
MM: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
PW: My cell phone. It’s my connection to the universe.
MM: Is it tough on game day to be without it for a while?
PW: Oh no. Not on game day. That’s the last thing on your mind. Believe me, you got things far, far worse to think about than what’s coming through on that cell phone.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day?
PW: I always keep Crystal Light packages in my locker. I love Crystal Light. I bring some bottled water and just put the packages in there and drink. That’s how I get my hydration back. Because it’s hard for me to just drink regular water.
MM: You’re what sports commentators like to call a “specimen.” Got any workout tips?
PW: I’m really big on shrugs. And of course curls. They say curls get the girls, but I got a girl, so I’m not doing curls no more for them. Just for her. And I also do a lot of abs. Abs are like the center of your universe. If you got those, everything else falls into place.
MM: What do you do for abs?
PW: Stability stuff. Planks and holds. And I like working on the lower abs. A lot of people don’t do those and they wonder why their top abs are like Rocky Balboa and their bottom part is pudge. It’s because they don’t work their lower abs. I also make sure to work the obliques, top and bottom. I do a little bit of everything.
MM: How can somebody get your arms?
PW: A lot of people think if you just do a hundred curls, you’ll get ripped. But I like going heavy with curls. The only way to get bigger is by doing heavier weight. And I don’t just do regular curls. I kind of twist them. And I’ll throw in some hammer curls.
MM: How heavy do you go?
PW: It depends how I’m feeling. Sometimes I’ll go sixy- or seventy-pound dumbbells.