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More than ever, elite athletes use technology to separate themselves from the pack. See how two top-level athletes are using technology to push their game to the next level.
LAMAR MILLER
One of the strongest running backs in the league is also one of the fastest. See how Lamar uses tech to recover quickly and push his explosiveness to the limit.

Get the quick facts on the vital tech miller uses to prepare for gameday


Lamar Miller is so strong and fast, it's almost unfair. He is a rare breed in today's league: A true workhorse back who touches the ball more than 20 times per game and is just as likely to break a tackle as he is to break off a long run. He was a 1,000-yard rusher his first season in Houston, and at age 26 is just hitting his peak as an offensive weapon.

So how does Lamar Miller get better? He heads to Miami and shuts down the gym. While most people travel to South Florida for the beaches and the nightlife, the only music Miller hears in his hometown is pumping through the speakers at DBC Fitness, an elite-level gym in the heart of Miami's trendy Wynwood design district. Founded by head trainer David Alexander, DBC touts itself as a facility "for pro athletes or those who wish to train like one." That's no exaggeration - on a muggy summer day, this state-of-the-art facility has three other pro football players clanging and banging away to get ready for the season.

DBC stands for "dumbbells, barbells and cables," but don't let that old-school ethos fool you - this is a high-tech gym. After a quick workout, Miller straps himself into a VertiMax Raptor, an innovative platform that uses a system of cables and pulleys to put sustained, constant resistance on Miller's legs and core. Trainer Alexander sets up a series of remote-controlled LED lights in front of Miller, and the two simulate a game situation - Miller is behind the line of scrimmage, looking for his blockers to open up a seam in the defense.

Miller's workouts are a mix of old school equipment and new technology.
Miller simulates game situations in the gym for the most effective training.
Green light means Miller's "blockers" have opened up a hole in the defense.
The NormaTec simulates the human cardiovascular system with air pressure.

When one of the lights flashes green, Miller explodes forward like he's hitting the hole, while the VertiMax pulls him back and forces him to activate every muscle fiber in his massive legs. When the lights flash red, Miller freezes in place to avoid a false start that would cost his team five yards during a game.

"I get done with the NormaTec, and I feel like a new person."

-Lamar Miller

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After the grueling workout, it's recovery time. Miller dealt with ankle issues toward the end of last season, and wants to ensure he stays healthy through the playoffs this year, so Alexander places electrodes on Miller's legs to stimulate blood flow. Then, Miller slides on NormaTec Recovery sleeves - leg wraps that use steady mechanical pulsing to help Miller's body flush damaged tissue away from his ankles, calves and thighs and reduce inflammation and swelling. This is a technology Miller uses during the season as well, and he credits it with helping him get his legs back after a punishing 25-carry game against a locked-in defense.

See more of Miller's intense workout above, and learn how this top-tier running back is using technology to fuel his performance in the gym and on the gridiron.

VITAL TECH

NormaTec uses pulsing, gradients and distal release to
simulate natural circulatory system

Recovery flush has 30-110 mmHg range and five zones of stimulation

Depending on athlete need, the NormaTec can be used on…

Arms Hips Legs

VertiMax has range of up to 30 yards of resistance