Colt Colletti's unorthodox training making its way to the NFL
Colt Colletti's home gym and grueling workouts are well known around River Ridge, but with the rise of social media and his new-found presence on Instagram, his garage is becoming an even more popular destination for top athletes.
"I've done some stuff in here where you leave out of here, and you can barely drive home," says Buffalo Bills wide receiver Malachi Dupre. "But that's the kind of work you need."
On Monday, it was full house in the "Jungle," including Dupre, along with Colt's brothers, Stone Speer, a former pitcher in the Washington National's organization, Hunter Speer, a pitcher at William Carey, and former Rummel and Michigan safety Carvin Johnson. The focus was legs, but the routine was far from your traditional squats or deadlifts.
"Some people's only go-to exercise for explosive work is Olympic lifts," says Colletti. "Well, we do that, but I do so much more explosive things to go with that. You've got to have a big toolbox with a lot of different exercises for different athletes to go with different situations."
That toolbox includes putting weight on your back and pulling Jeeps, as demonstrated by NFL Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara last week, or in Colt's case, pushing an entire 18-wheeler, as seen on his Instagram page.
"Even though I'm a lot older, I don't want them making me look bad or embarrassing me," says Colletti with a smile on his face. "It's a competition. It's all fun though. We're all having a good time, and everyone benefits from it."
And there's clearly a working method to the madness. It's why guys like Dupre, Kamara, Falcons linebacker Duke Riley and a quickly growing list of athletes continue to make their way to Colletti's Jungle.
"You look around the garage and most people would realize it's not the most glamorous and have the nicest things in it, but the things that he does and the things that we do every day, it works best for myself," says Dupre.
That's Colletti's specialty. The former John Curtis and Nicholls State running back uses his own football background to craft workouts that make his clients that much better.
"I went through all of this," says Colletti. "Still doing it. And they kind of appreciate that when I'm in the mix with them. I'm hurting just as bad as they are and experiencing what they're going through."
"He knows what I'm going through," says Dupre. "And if Alvin Kamara comes in and works out too, or anyone else who plays football, it'll definitely make you respect him as a trainer more because he knows what it's like to be in your shoes."
Colletti, who now trains full-time, says he's living a dream come true and taking it a day at a time. But as more of the best athlete's in the NFL and beyond come calling, the sky is the limit.