We really don’t know enough about the players we spend so much time watching, reading about, and thinking about. The media has come up short in answering two categorical questions: how do players train and how do they socialize? We know they work hard and can see the results on the field, but we don’t know how they got there. We know they’re wealthy, but we never see them enjoying the fruits of their labor or interacting with society. What are they really like? Why does it require a visit to training camp or a lucky run-in out on the town to unveil these lives of athletes?
Stack is a magazine dedicated to answering that first question. Its slogan is “for the athlete by the athlete.” It is a litany of pro workout plans, training tips, and dietary articles revealed by coaches and trainers. September’s issue features a five-page list of conditioning drills running back LaDainian Tomlinson does, with the preclude that they “are excerpts…just a few exercises from a single session.” LT moves his body in every conceivable way through exercises starting with the simple side lunge to the “John Travolta” (moving arms loaded with dumbbells from above the shoulder to across the stomach in alternation), most of which require just the gym floor, a wall, and cones.