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Frank Gore's Training Regimen Keeps Him Churning Out 1,000-Yard Seasons

Intro: What keeps Frank Gore going at the age of 32 is his offseason training program where competition is at the forefront of the priority list.


INDIANAPOLIS – Frank Gore hears the question and he doesn't want to hear any more of it.

Call it superstition, call it not wanting to jinx himself, but Gore knows what's being asked.*

At the age of 32, how have you been so healthy (played in 64 straight games) at a position filled with attrition?*

Gore stops the question, respectfully, cracks a wry smile, and tries to explain why he's had such rare durability for a 30-something-year-old running back.

"In the offseason, I like to train with younger guys to keep myself honest," Gore expounds on his reasoning.

"Me training with younger guys, if I'm looking better then them, I know that I should have a great shot to have a great year."

Watch Gore go through drills at practice and the training mentality is evident.

With sweatpants on in 80-degree heat, Gore is leading a group of backs who all are at least six years younger then the 10-year veteran.

"When you're training, that's when you know what you can do and what you can't do," Gore says.

"Once I feel like I can't do offseason workouts, like I usually do, I feel like I shouldn't be playing."

Most people with the label "NFL running backs" on their resume have long, long hung up the cleats by the time they reach Gore's age.

Andrew Luck just finished up eight weeks of work with Gore and has now seen first hand what the quarterback observed as a fan for so many years.

"He's a stud," Luck says of his fellow backfield mate. "He takes care of his body. You can tell the way he works. He practices hard every day. He doesn't take plays off, and he's a heck of a football player.

"For me, watching him, it's just the protections and knowing who's coming from where, reading the tilt of the safeties, the nickel, how he plays, body language. He's picked up on a bunch of stuff that guys, who've been here for three years, find so hard."

That pass blocking in 2015 will give Luck the time to find the man next to Gore in the Colts locker room.

Andre Johnson began hearing about Gore back during their high school days in the Miami area and quickly witnessed the toughness of the 5-9, 217-pound running back.

"Anytime he's ever been doubted, he's overcame it," Johnson says of Gore.

"Even when you go back to college, when he tore both of his knees, nobody thought he would overcome that, and he did. If you are able to train with him and watch him work, the guy works his butt off. That's why he's been able to do what he's done in this league for a long time. I expect big things out of him."

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