Rob Gronkowski’s offseason has been relatively tame compared with years past, due in part to teammate-turned-diet-cultist Tom Brady.
“Just looking at Tom, seeing what he does every day, what he eats, talking to him, personally one-on-one, just learning about the body with him, just seeing how flexible he is, how pliable he is, how loose he is all the time, every day and ready to go,” the Patriots tight end told the Boston Herald.
Gronkowski, 28, missed the second half of the 2016 season and playoffs with his third significant back injury. By working with Brady’s body coach, Alex Guerrero, Gronkowski has tried to adjust his lifestyle over the last three months.
“I just felt like I had to add on to what I was doing. Find a way that my body will respond so I can perform every day. Be in prevention mode for injuries happening,” said Gronkowski, perhaps unwittingly shilling for the program that pads Brady’s wallet. “I definitely feel like a brand-new guy just being able to do exercises here [at the TB12 center]. Exercises that help stabilize your core, exercises that help me and my whole body.”
Though alcohol isn’t one of the meals incorporated into the TB12 meals plan, Gronkowski has made an exception: For every alcoholic drink or cup of coffee consumed, three glasses of water follow to make up for it. It is unknown how many glasses of water he now requires per day.
But when it’s time for Gronkowski to refuel, Brady regularly whips up one of his plant-based, gluten-free plates.
“Tom’s my chef. I told him I’m only eating them if you have them ready for me,” Gronkowski said. “And he said, ‘Deal.’”