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Miami Dolphins cornerback relies on Pilates to keep knees, quads strong

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Xavien Howard, Sammy Watkins

The legs of cornerback Xavien Howard of Miami Dolphins take a pounding. To stay healthy for the playoffs, Howard is working out on a Pilates reformer for two hours a day.

You wouldn’t expect a pro football player preparing for the playoffs to spend a significant portion of his workout in bare feet on workout pads or using a gadget called a “reformer,” according to the Palm Beach Post.

Such is the state of the Dolphins’ banged-up secondary that second-round draft pick Xavien Howard continues to rebound from knee surgery by getting massages and doing Pilates, in addition to football practice. To say he does the extra work daily doesn’t do it justice.

“Two hours a day,” he said.

Howard agreed two hours of such work is not standard operating procedure in the NFL, especially at Week 1 of the playoffs.

“That’s unusual,” he said. “By me being a rookie, I went through a lot of injuries, so I’ve got to protect my body.”

Miami has lost a number of defensive players to injuries but Howard keeps on. Do you think the connection might be Pilates?

Read the whole Palm Beach Post story here.



Author: robertjhawkins1

Adventurer, world explorer, thrill seeker ... not really. Just a guy who spent nearly 40 years writing and editing for newspapers and one really good news website. Well, that's over. And so is the struggle to live well in the USA. My wife, Rose Alcantara, and I moved to Belize in early 2014. It has been an amazing adventure but there is always so much more to learn. You'll find out about our life on Ambergris Caye on this blog, oftentimes exactly when we do. So stick around. You can also learn about Rose's new venture Island Pilates by Rose at

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