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Gary Pinkel explains the psychology behind Missouri's "Winning Edge" program


Gary Pinkel and his staff call the specific portion of their off season highlighted in the video the "Winning Edge," while players on the other hand call it "mat drills".

Regardless of what you call it, the goal of the workout is the same, as Pinkel explains in the clip.

"Really, one of the main things that we try to get out of the whole program is the ability to start, and do the task right - just like a football play - and then finish...finish the play. That's our team bottom line, and that's what it's all about."

"That component right there is part of every one of those individual stations. So we become a much better football team when that hour and ten minutes is over with, we're much better than when we started."

Pinkel goes on to explain that the mat drills are something that he did as a player under Don James at Kent State over 40 years ago. To this day he still gets texts and calls from former teammates wondering what day Pinkel is starting the tradition at Mizzou because they all still remember it from their playing days.

The program is heavy on teaching the fundamentals (down to teaching the players proper running form), and has a ton of change of direction and agility work included, as well as footwork drills.

Take a look and hear more on the psychology behind the grueling workouts from Pinkel below. There's some really good stuff in here worth sharing with your strength guys.