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Robison: 'Explosive' Workouts Help Prepare for 9th Season

Robison poured a powder keg on his offseason workouts this year.

The veteran defensive end told Voice of the Vikings and KFAN *9 to *Noon host Paul Allen Tuesday morning that he added more explosive exercises between his eighth and ninth seasons. Robison said he will be excited to return to Winter Park April 20 when the Vikings begin their offseason workout program.

"I've done a lot more explosive work, which I've always done, but it seems like this year I've done a lot more platform work, as far as power cleans, hang cleans and even push press, things like that to work on that overall explosive ability," Robison told Allen Tuesday. "I've done a lot of box jumps, a lot of, just really explosive work and functional movements as far as things that are going to relate to the field, not just doing a bunch of bench press, a bunch of squats. I'm doing things that are going to be functional movements on the field and feel like that's going to help me tremendously this year."

He's also box jumped 42 inches off his left leg, as evidenced in the Instagram video below:

Last weeks challenge...... 42" single leg box jump!

A post shared by Brian Robison (@brianrobison96) on

Robison has done some fishing in his home state of Texas, but said he's maintained focus on training

"We always enjoy our time off, and you've got to take advantage of the time off you get because once you get back, you're pretty much submerged into it and there's no getting out of it," Robison said. "I don't think any of us want to get out of it, but it's one of those deals where you have to enjoy your offseason and when it's time to get back to work, you're ready to go. I'm ready to get back and see the guys. I miss a lot of the guys, especially in our d-line room, so it would be fun to get back and see those guys and get back to work with them and get ready to go and hopefully have a great season because I've got very high expectations for our team this year."

The fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft said he hasn't paid much attention to this year's prospects, but had seen that linebacker and 2006 first-rounder Chad Greenway will be returning to the Vikings for a 10th season, which he called a "big benchmark that a lot of guys want to get to."

"Chad Greenway is going to reach that this year, and that's what he's been talking about," Robison said. "I think for myself, 10 is really a benchmark I would love to hit as well, but we'll see. If I can play out my contract here in Minnesota, that puts me through to 11, maybe I can get one more in and that puts me at 12.

"Obviously, it's kind of a year-to-year basis once you get over seven, eight, nine," Robison continued. "You just kind of go year-to-year, see how your body feels, and I think the thing for me, the one thing for me is I'm not going to be one of those guys that just keeps playing because I want the fame. I play this game because I love this game, and as soon as I feel like I'm losing love for this game, I'm going to get out. I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon, so the second thing I'm going to look at is how my body goes. If I feel like my body is really breaking down, then it's probably time to call it quits and let it go, but I don't feel that at any point right now. If anything, I feel like during this offseason, I've done things better."

Robison is also looking forward to participating, along with teammate Phil Loadholt and former Vikings linebacker and coach/current analyst Pete Bercich in the casting4cures fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on April 17 at The Pourhouse on 10 South 5th St., Minneapolis (click here to buy tickets or for more information).

The event will include music from the Brat Pack Radio Supershow, an auction and raffles. A fishing trip with Robison will be offered for bidding to raise money for St. Jude.

"This is a great event. When you talk about St. Jude, they pretty much do everything for the families they can to make them comfortable," Robison said. "When you think about it, they don't take (payments) from the families, they don't charge them for rooms, beds, anything like that. They take the families in and do everything they can in order to make these kids feel comfortable and hopefully find a cure for cancer. When you talk about doing stuff like that, this is just an amazing event to know that casting4cures is coming together with them to help raise some money for them."

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