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Harbaugh: Colin Kaepernick Trains Body -- and Mind

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Much has been made of Colin Kaepernick's offseason workout routine, but Jim Harbaugh has always been impressed by his work in the classroom.


Colin Kaepernick is spending his offseason working out five days per week in North Miami Beach.

It’s a routine that comes as no surprise to San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

When the fourth-year quarterback is in town, his car is frequently seen in the parking spot nearest to the facility, as he’s often the first to arrive for workouts.

READ: Colin Kaepernick Sets Pace in Miami Workouts

“He’s in there at 6:30 a.m. working out,” Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL owners' meetings in Orlando. “His car’s the first one in the lot and he knocks that out before the sun comes up.”

Harbaugh also rebuffed any notion that Kaepernick was getting too big.

“Colin’s just a big person,” he said. “If he were ever to stand next to you or me, it just illustrates how big he is. He’s just a big man.”

The training regimen at Bommarito Performance Systems is fully supported by the 49ers training staff.

Head strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama communicates frequently with Pete Bommarito, Kaepernick’s lead trainer in Miami, about the types of workouts that Kaepernick is going through, the treatment he is receiving and about his dietary needs.


“I’ve seen him train,” Harbaugh said. “This is not a guy that’s repping out as many reps on the bench as he can rep. This is high-tech new age kind of working on all the little tiny muscles. They know what they’re doing."

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While much of the focus has been on how hard Kaepernick trains physically, Harbaugh made sure to point out the work his quarterback spends studying and perfecting his craft.

Entering the 2011 draft, the former Nevada quarterback received praise for his mental acumen. According to Sports Illustrated, Kaepernick registered a 37 on the pre-draft Wonderlic test, the same score as former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

“He works out, knocks it out early in the morning, then is bright-eyed and has got a ton of energy when he comes into the football meetings, and then he attacks that as well,” Harbaugh said about Kaepernick. “And he’s very smart, one of the high Wonderlic test scores of all the starting quarterbacks."

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