If you are an athlete you probably know what you do during the off-season can make or break your performance during the on-season. That's why the Avera Sports Institute is packed with people trying to improve their game. We found one familiar face that should provide plenty of incentive for future football players.
33 year old Augustana standout and 8 year veteran with the NFL Kevin Kaesviharn is in the best shape of his life. Even though he is a free agent right now, he's not letting up on his work outs. His wife is from Watertown so every time they come home to South Dakota, Kevin comes to the Avera Sports Institute in Sioux Falls.
Kaesviharn says, "I truly believe it made me faster, it certainly taught me to run fast. The intensity in which you train obviously is going to carry over to how you play and I worked out hard before, but the way they push me here at ASI is always all out. And I definitely learned that is the way you have to train. I learned that here."
This powerhouse safety started his NFL career in Cincinnati. He played 6 successful years there. The last 2 seasons he's played in New Orleans until he seriously hurt his neck and was released. Today he says his neck is healed and he feels better than he has in two years.
Kaesviharn says, "I can still run and still do the things I did before whether or not my neck can hold up when I hit people remains to be seen, but I want to take that chance. It's an educated risk, but I know I can change the way I tackle guys and it won't change the way I play."
His status hasn't changed his workout intensity either. He can still run 17 miles an hour backwards on an inclined treadmill and has a explosive vertical of 40". That's what's great about Avera's Sports Acceleration Program too, you don't have to be in "Kevin Kaesviharn Condition" to participate.
Avera Sports Institute Manager Jason Askew says, "It is tough but what makes the program so unique is we can easily adjust it to each individual's needs and ability. We have 12 year olds working out with kids playing college football. They are doing the same types of exercises but adjusted to their ability."
And if you're a lucky 12 year old, just maybe you'll be working out next to an NFL talent and all around super nice guy.