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12 Sep 2014

The grind of early morning workouts is definitely rigorous, but its necessary to in order to be ready for fall practice and when the season finally rolls around. For Northwestern, their usual early morning workout got a bit of a shake up on June 26. The players were led to the campus north beach on Lake Michigan for a grueling military-style workout and team building exercise. A video crew was on hand and put together this footage, which was released on Wednesday.

Offseason workouts a priority for Tornadoes » Sports » Meridian Star

And Villanueva, who played only 20 games while buried on the Pistons bench this past season, is video blogging about his off-season. Titled #BelieveInCharlie, Villanueva is documenting his experience during free agency. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound power forward will upload videos of his workouts, phone calls with journalists (including the Free Press Vince Ellis in the first episode) and his agent, and his travels from city to city to visit NBA franchises. The first episode, clocking in at 6 minutes and 20 seconds, was posted Tuesday night and new ones will go live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays going forward.

Charlie Villanueva provides interesting, behind-the-scenes look at life | Detroit Free Press |

And we have about 68 kids on the roster, and we've had about 60 show up for workouts per day. It's one of the better, if not the best summers that we've had since I've been here." Added Peebles, "There's been more players show up for the early mornings more than there has ever been. You have to have the right motives. Some mornings, you may not feel like getting up, but you don't want to be the weak link in the chain." An increase in player attendance this summer is due in large part to solid leadership among a senior class looking to set an example. "I look for leadership during the summer," Dyess said.


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