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Michael Jordan’s former trainer is concerned about RGIII’s recent workout

A lot of people have opinions about what’s best for Robert Griffin III, including how the quarterback spends his time during the offseason and what he shares on social media. Some people’s opinions are more informed than others.

Tim Grover, who began training Michael Jordan in 1989 and now counts Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade among his clients, has pretty informed opinions, and he’s not shy about sharing them. Grover  was concerned with a photo that Griffin posted to his Instagram last week of the quarterback with tires attached via rope to his ankles, so he reached out to Griffin on Twitter.

“First of all, my comments, weren’t intended as criticism,” Grover, the owner of Attack Athletics and bestselling author of Relentless: From Good, to Great, to Unstoppable, explained Thursday. “I’m not picking on one guy or any kind of training protocol. I’ve just seen so many injuries with Robert; I saw this exercise and it just caught my eye. Sometimes an exercise can look great, but ultimately it can do more harm than good.”

Grover, who has never met Griffin, said he can’t be sure what Griffin was attempting to accomplish with the tire workout without seeing video, but he shared the photo with Attack’s physical therapists and they shared his concerns.

“If this movement is doing what it looks like it’s doing, it’s putting excessive stress on his ankle, knee and hip,” Grover said. “We already know he’s had two knee surgeries and a dislocated ankle. If you’re trying to work hip flexor, there are much better ways.”

Grover, who primarily works with NBA stars, says he’s provided unsolicited workout advice to other athletes before.

“When you have such an explosive athlete like RG, they’re more prone to injuries” Grover said. “I know he works out tremendously hard. But sometimes, it’s not only about working out hard, it’s working out with a purpose and working out smart, especially after you’ve had injuries over and over again. Each exercise has to serve a purpose. And maybe [the tire workout] does. Maybe his trainer can educate me.”

Based on his experience working with numerous athletes who have come back from injuries, Grover said he’s confident Griffin can, from a physical standpoint, return to his rookie level.

“No question,” he said. “I have not seen anything that tells me that he couldn’t.”