It’s not often that you see a professional athlete surface in retirement looking more jacked than in his playing days, but consider former NFL wide receiver—and current FOX sports analyst— Greg Jennings an exception to the rule.
Jennings, 36, who retired in 2016 after a solid 10-year playing career as a member of the Packers, Vikings, and Dolphins, has recently pivoted into bodybuilding, and took to his Instagram last week to show off the impressive results of his competition training.
In a lengthy caption to the post, Jennings said he kicked off the transformation in November of 2019. “Physically I knew I would be up to the challenge. Mentally was where I had my greatest question. Would I be willing to go all in again? Would I push beyond beyond? Could I revive the discipline it takes to be great?” he wrote.
Then vs. Now : Before I completely close the door on this my first prep, and competition. I thought it would be only fitting to recap. I don’t celebrate myself that well so don’t expect me to talk about becoming Mr. Minnesota 🤷🏾♂️. : November 4, 2019 I began this transformation. This health & fitness journey was one I had experience with primarily surrounding the world of sport. Physically I knew I would be up to the challenge. Mentally was where I had my greatest question. : Would I be willing to go all in again? : Would I push beyond, beyond? : Could I revive the disciplines it takes to be great? : Initially what I failed to remember was. The answer to all those question are only revealed while exposed to and consumed with the process. : See often time we selfishly think our experiences are solely for our own benefit. We couldn’t be more ignorant. : This experience was not only to better myself but to also inform me that what worked “back then” may not work “here and now”. : I had to surround myself with a new support system. Individuals who knew more than me, individuals that would only take what was needed from “back then” and help me to apply it to “here and now”. Meanwhile, they were being ushered into new territories as well. Areas that would better equip them as we collectively progressed. : Finally, this experience was also for you. To show you that you too can accomplish any goal you set. All you/we need is a tinch of inspiration. For me that was @nicole.jennings85 running a marathon. : If you haven’t realized it yet let me help you. Our world needs inspiration. It’s the inspiration that sparks the interest that will ultimately be the change we all so desperately need.🙏🏾 : Remember this! Now will eventually become Then so don’t flatter yourself to long. You have better in you. : #neverbesatisfied #stayuncomfortable #alwaysinpursuit #inspire #natural #godisgood
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Going into his training, Jennings says, he knew what worked in his playing days might not work for him now. Without the aid of a training staff and the motivation from his teammates, he would also need to find a new support network. “Individuals who knew more than me, individuals that would only take what was needed from back then and help me to apply it to here and now,” he wrote.
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Jennings added that he hopes his results will motivate others to make a change, noting that it was his wife Nicole’s marathon training that inspired him to start training in the first place. “Our world needs inspiration,” Jennings wrote. “It’s the inspiration that sparks the interest that will ultimately be the change we all so desperately need.”
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