Blazers Putting Offseason in Purmotion

Valdosta, GA - The lifting, the speed drills, the stretching. Normal workouts for all college football programs. But Valdosta State is putting this offseason in motion - Purmotion.

Kinard Thomas, a junior linebacker, never even heard of it before coming to VSU.

"I was like, 'Wow, this is new,'" Thomas said. "But it helps. It's working. So I'm gonna do what he tells me to do."

He is strength and conditioning coach Michael Doscher, who has helped build two national titles.

Doscher incorporated the workout product, known as Renegade, two years ago.

"I went into a conference three or four years ago, I saw that and I was like we got to get this," Doscher said. "So I bought 10 of them and we use them at least once or twice a week."

He doesn't just use it with football players. All athletes at VSU are adding the workout to their routine.

"It works on such rotational strength and power through that that helps that type of stuff for our athletes," Doscher said.

Doscher, in his 16th year at VSU, has seen the affects on the field.

"It gives them overall athleticism," he said. "The whole idea is having more overall athleticism. In positions they're gonna be similar on the field with and to be able to generate force from those awkward, wierd positions and cut down on the injury risk possibilities."

"Works differently with different parts of your legs," Thomas said. "So it makes it a lot easier. It improves your flexibility a little bit. So it gives you a different aspect than lifting full weights."

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