Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley Will Begin Offseason Training In February Out In Arizona

On Monday Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley said in an interview with a Florida radio station that he would not be taking renowned trainer Tom Shaw up on his offer to train this offseason down in Orlando at the Wide World of Sports complex, but that doesn\’t mean that that he will not be training at all.

During a Thursday online chat on Michigan Live Woodley said that he would be training out in Arizona this offseason and he reiterated that it was his ankle injury that slowed him down the most last season and not the hamstring injury that he suffered early in the season in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Actually my hamstring was fine as I partially injured the opposite hamstring which was mild,” Woodley replied. “My ankle was the problem when someone fell on it in a game. I\’m going to train in Arizona this year to totally improve my body and conditioning.”

While Woodley did not specify, it is believed that he will be working out at Athletes\’ Performance in Phoenix as he has trained there before.

So when will Woodley begin training? According to him it will be sometime in the middle February. His plans for Super Bowl weekend? Las Vegas.

“I\’m traveling to Vegas for a UFC fight then watching the Super Bowl on Sunday,” said Woodley. “Enjoying the last few days until I start my official training mid February.”

  • Jonas Ristau

    @Dave about offseason training:
    We all know that Hood is a regular in steelers’ weight room but do you know if Ziggy again has a strict plan and coach in that center to achieve certain muscle groups?

    I would love to see new bilder of his results, he’s a beast!

  • HarryBackside

    He’s probably going to Athlete’s Performance in Phoenix. Good choice.

  • steeltown

    Good. I hope he means it when he says “to totally improve my body and conditioning” We need you beastly Woodley, bring the pain!

  • I can’t put my finger on a reason but, I have a hard time taking what Woodley says at face value, so I am going to recall a favorite saying of Tomlin’s when it comes to a players performance, , ” put it on tape, the tape don’t lie.”.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Not a beast on field tho. There are muscle magazines if you’re into looking at that.

  • Mike Carroll

    I think the reason it’s a little tough to believe Woodley is that he’s been so reluctant to admit he had a poor season. But I am glad he talked about improving both his “body and conditioning”. That’s at least an acknowledgement those were problem areas last year. I think he’s a proud guy and hopefully he will work his butt off this offseason.

  • steeltown

    I think he’s probably getting ear and eye fulls through social media… I’m sure he is a proud man and I bet he’s tired of hearing about his subpar season. Hopefully he has a chip on his shoulder

  • westernsteel

    Woodley is by no means washed up. I have faith that he will improve after one sub par season.

  • zyzak

    Steelers defense is way better with Woodley in there. Steelers need an injury coach. But then again the Ravens are in the Super Bowl and had more injuries

  • Mikey Hoje

    Serious question: does that mean Woodley lives in AZ for 4-5 months till training camp starts and flies back to Pittsburgh?

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Woodley. . . I’m a die hard Michigan fan. You haven’t lived up to the billing! I have the Ensah!

  • Nolrog

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Nolrog

    I was talking to my buddy the other day about this. Hood had those video’s of him jumping up on a 55 gallon drum from a standing position and all that kind of crap, and it did nothing for his on-field performance.