Workout With The Pros

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 12:42pm

NFL players are hitting local gyms thanks to the ongoing labor dispute.

The NFL lockout is creating some curious workout partners.

Players need to keep in shape, so many of them are training in South Florida, drawing lots of stares at a facility known for catering to kids and seniors.

Trainer Pete Bommarito is working out stars like Wes Welker and Ray Willis at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, players who have been locked out of their teams' facilities.

Since the lockout began, on any given day, there are dozens of football players working out at the JCC, getting ready for a season they hope is still going to be played.

It's an interesting juxtaposition, the elderly and the offensive linemen.

Pro athletes definitely turn heads inside the gym.

They're curiosities for some, a source of wonder for grandmother Shoshana Bloom.

"I think it's the best thing, I watch them, and I push myself further," she says.

The players are enjoying it as well.

"Everyone here is really, really friendly, besides looking at us like we're giants, that's about it," says Seattle Seahawk Ray Willis.

The regulars get the benefit of new, professional equipment.

It's a win-win as long as the players have something to play for in the fall.

The future of this year's season is still in doubt as the Players Association and the NFL owners continue their legal battles over a new contract.

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