ASHBURN, Va. (FNN Media) — The Washington Redskins are officially opening training camp on Thursday with the region under a heat advisory. Temperatures could surpass the 100-degree mark this afternoon in some locations.
And unlike training camp in years past, the Redskins will be holding their practices in the afternoon instead of early in the morning.
When Adam Carriker saw the schedule change he developed a sweltering training regimen to prepare his body for performing in such extreme conditions.
“Basically in an attempt to mimic what I’m going through in training camp I put on a t-shirt, a long-sleeve shirt, one of my winter Nebraska — what I wore in the winter in Nebraska when it was 0 degrees and the bears are hibernating because they’re smart enough not to go outside,” Carriker recently told me on our show 4th & Pain. “I’m wearing this Nebraska hooded sweatshirt and then I’m wearing a winter stocking cap and then I put the hood on. Then I’ll go run outside. And then I go lift at the gym.”
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Most people would call the layers of winter clothes sufficient in preparing for the mid-Atlantic summer heat. Not Carriker, whose routine borders on unhealthy insanity.
“On the way to the gym I’m cranking the heat at 90 degrees full-blast as hot as it’ll go,” he said. “You know how when you get back to your car it’s always 10-times hotter than when you left it? I don’t cool it down. I don’t roll the window down. I blast the heat. I make it hotter. It’s just my little attempt to mimic that head which is going to be ridiculous throughout training camp. And then I lift. I do 500 pounds, I do 405 on the close-grip. This is just how I’ve been training. I sure hope it pays off because it sure hasn’t been a lot of fun.”
The Redskins hold a closed practice this morning before opening the gates to fans for a full practice shortly before 3 o’clock this afternoon. The high-90′s temperatures are expected to feel like 105 degrees at that time.
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