xfdcb CBS-THIS-MORNING-02

<Show: CBS THIS MORNING>

<Date: January 1, 2018>

<Time: 07:00>

<Tran: 010102cb.410>

<Type: Show>

<Head: Tom Brady Shows Us the Specially Designed Fitness and Diet Plan That

is Keeping Him on the Field Into His Forties>

<Sect: News; Domestic>

<Byline: Gayle King, Norah O`Donnell>

<High: Patriots` quarterback Tom Brady who is forty years old shows no

signs of slowing down of the game dominated by younger players. He said

it`s due to his unique fitness and diet regime. It`s described in his new

book, "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak

Performance.">

<Spec: NFL; Patriots; Quarterback; Tom Brady; Fitness; Diet; "The TB12

Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance;" Simon &

Schuster; CBS; Pliability; Professional Football Player; Alex Guerrero;

Sports Therapy Center; Gisele>

NORAH O`DONNELL: All right. The NFL`s regular season wrapped up yesterday. Patriots` quarterback Tom Brady who is forty years old shows no signs of slowing down of the game dominated by younger players. He said it`s due to his unique fitness and diet regime. It`s described in his new book, "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance." It`s published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS. At the beginning the season, Brady gave us an inside look at his fitness routine and the keys to success.

GAYLE KING: Good throw.

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TOM BRADY (New England Patriots Quarterbacks): You know, some people want denser muscles. As an athlete, as a quarterback, I don`t want them. I want to keep my muscles strong and active, but also pliable.

NORAH O`DONNELL: You described pliability as lengthening and softening the muscles.

TOM BRADY: Yeah.

NORAH O`DONNELL: But everybody thinks they want muscles to be harder?

TOM BRADY: I think that`s what we`ve been educated on. Well, I may argue something differently. I`ve seen really strong, physically-fit guys that, you know, would be the definition of health that are the ones that are injured the most. You know, if I can keep my muscles pliable, I can hopefully, you know, limit the intensity or limit the injury altogether, you know, if I do absorb some of these forces.

NORAH O`DONNELL: On average, a professional football player last just six years in the NFL. Compare that to Brady, who is just wrapping up his eighteenth regular season. He credits his longevity to a more holistic approach to fitness.

We talk about rehab all the time, right? We get injured and we go to rehab.

TOM BRADY: Yeah.

NORAH O`DONNELL: You talk about pliability in terms of prehab.

TOM BRADY: Yeah.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Meaning, pliability can prevent injury.

TOM BRADY: Yeah. Not just athletes, but for everybody. You know, everyone could do this. My parents can do it. My sisters can do it. I mean, I did pliability this morning on my son, whose leg was sore. I mean, he`s eight years old.

NORAH O`DONNELL: You`re sort of trying to make the case that pliability is a whole different way to kind of look at athleticism.

It`s a philosophy he adopted after meeting longtime trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero.

You described Alex Guerrero as not a body coach, but a body engineer.

TOM BRADY: Yeah. When my elbow was in pain basically every day and Alex through his treatments, this was in 2004, he started lengthening and softening all the-- all the muscle in my forearm. And it took away the tension in the muscle. And I was like, "God, that makes so much sense." The band here.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Pliability can be achieved in part by a lot of band work?

TOM BRADY: Band work will-- will, I would say, increase your strength while limiting the density of the muscle. The denser the muscle means the less pliable it is. Most of our workouts are all resistance bands based.

NORAH O`DONNELL: Brady`s sports therapy center doesn`t look like an average gym. Ninety percent of the training is done with these flexible bands, followed by very specific massage techniques to focus on problem areas of the body.

TOM BRADY: I would say I`m faster now and quicker now than, you know, when I first started playing football, you know, even in high school.

NORAH O`DONNELL: You`re faster at age forty than at age like eighteen?

TOM BRADY: Yeah, I am.

NORAH O`DONNELL: All of my friends who are-- are moms are going to be saying to their husbands, "Tom Brady is better at forty than he was at eighteen." And there`s going to be all these bands in their Christmas--

TOM BRADY: There should be.

NORAH O`DONNELL: You really want to play into your mid-forties?

TOM BRADY: Yeah. That`s the goal for me.

NORAH O`DONNELL: And does Gisele agree with that?

TOM BRADY: I think we go back and forth. I mean, she`ll always say to me, "Well, ten years ago, you told me it was like only going to be ten years, and now it`s ten years. And now you`re saying another, you know, five years."

NORAH O`DONNELL: Do you worry about concussions?

TOM BRADY: I don`t worry about them, no. I mean, I`m not oblivious to them. Some of my idols had to retire because of head injuries. Yeah, I`m conscious of it. But I also love the sport so much and I want to keep playing. And I`m going to do everything I can to take care of my body in advance of the, you know, of the hits that I`m going to take on Sunday.

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