“When you get back to training camp, it’s about being strong during the whole season and being conditioned during the whole season,” said the seven-year Packers veteran, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound wide receiver, on Wednesday, June 26.
He and teammate Jeremy Ross — a 6-foot, 215-pound wide receiver and return man who graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2011 — had just finished an hour-long session of speed, agility and strength exercises with local trainer Shaun Nunes at the gym at 25425 S. Schulte Road.
Both players want be prepared for the Packers’ training camp, which begins July 26 at Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisc., near Green Bay.
“The plan is to be the best. That’s what we’re shooting for,” Jones said. “The hard work will pay off. This is 30 times harder than the workouts we’re going to get in training camp.”
Jones, 29, a San Jose native and the Packers’ third-round draft pick in 2007, was looking for a local gym last spring where he could work out on his own to prepare for the 2012 season.
He said he hadn’t been satisfied with the personal trainers he had encountered since his days as a wide receiver with the San Jose State University Spartans. Then he found Total Performance Fitness.
“I’ve never found a trainer who would push me and make me feel like I’m getting better every day, until I met Shaun,” Jones said.
Nunes, 30, said his chance to work with Jones was a case of preparation meeting opportunity.
Nunes played football, basketball and baseball at West High, where he graduated in 2001, and studied kinesiology and business at San Diego State University.
His father, David Nunes, owned a gym in Dublin, and the two teamed up to open Total Performance Fitness in the Patterson Pass Business Park in September 2011.
They work with
college-bound high school stars and pros such as Jones, Ross and Indianapolis Colts long-snapper Matt Overton, a Tracy High graduate.
“Luckily, with my background and my dad’s background and the opportunity to open a training facility, it worked out pretty well,” Nunes said.
After Jones’ initial visit, he and Nunes got started with an intense six-week conditioning regimen in advance of the 2012 season.
That season turned out to be Jones’ best yet. He caught 64 passes for 784 yards, including 14 regular-season touchdown receptions — the best in the NFL last year.
He also scored a touchdown in the in the Packers’ 45-31 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Now he is near the end of his contract with the Packers, including a three-year, $9.6 million extension that expires at the end of the 2013 season.
“My main focus is just playing football. I truly believe if you play well, the money will come,” Jones said. “No need to stress about it.”
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