Usually the after most NFL teams check in for training camp, the day after is usually reserved for a conditioning test. While we think of push-ups, sit-ups, etc., it’s a bit different.
The downside of failing the test administered by teams is that the player is typically barred from joining the team “officially” or in practice until they have passed it. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth brought this to light after failing numerous times while with the Washington Redskins.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted early today:
Just finished the conditioning test this morning..3 300 yard shuttles. It’s not the running that’s hard, it’s the anxiety and anticipation
While the automatic reaction is that you have to run 300 yards three times back to back, it’s broken down a bit more during the test. In fact, that’s where the shuttle part comes in.
For anyone not lucky enough to know what a shuttle run is, then your P.E. or basketball coach was merciful on you. My P.E. coaches in junior high and high school were all basketball coaches and they believed in them.
The coach would usually line everyone up at a point and then mark cones off at around 15, 25, and then 40 yards, placing an eraser at each point. First person in line waited for the coach to signal the beginning of the shuttle test.