Washington Redskins Tight End Vernon Davis retired from the NFL in February, but he might not believe that retirement is an opportunity to slow down. Davis seems busier than ever—yes, even during quarantine—with daily TRX workouts and runs, his Timeless Sports Nutrition supplements line, acting, philanthropy, and hobbies. (He paints! He’s a poet! He loves country music!)
After more than 60,000 people tuned in to watch Davis and TRX Training and Development Manager Miguel Vargas sweat it out in their Instagram Live workout, we sat with Davis to talk about his daily routine and what he’s doing when he’s not working out on the straps.
For those of you who aren’t fluent in football, let’s recap: Vernon Davis spent a remarkable 14 years thrilling NFL fans. Bay Area fans remember his San Francisco 49ers years—when he caught the winning touchdown for the Niners in the 2011 NFC Divisional Round with a play now known as The Catch III. (No big deal: the NFL says it’s only one of the 100 greatest moments in football.) You may have seen him sporting a fancy ring after helping the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50. Or perhaps you remember his final four seasons with the Redskins. But all of that is in the past. Davis is looking to the future.
“My fitness goals have changed,” Davis said. “I wouldn't say there's been a drastic change because I'm still doing everything that I used to do when I was playing ball, except for the hardcore stuff. I don't really need that anymore.”
Davis explained that, toward the end of his career, he became more of a stickler for exercise technique—something that he’s still committed to today. “Technique goes a long way. With TRX, you can really fine-tune the techniques that you need. Even if you're the average guy that likes to go to the gym, this is great because of the technique that's required to really get the benefits that you're looking for.”
Davis said he started using the TRX Suspension Trainer as part of his strength and conditioning routine about three years ago when he was with the Washington Redskins, and Suspension Training and running are still part of his daily workout routine.
Like most of us these days, Davis is on Zoom calls. A lot of his time is dedicated to Timeless Sports Nutrition, the supplement line he started in 2019. The idea came about when Davis saw a gap in the marketplace. When he couldn’t find supplements with the precise balance of ingredients he was looking for, he created his own.
“If you're going to be your best, you need the best and you need to really take it seriously when it comes to nutrition and recovery. As long as you have proper nutrition and you have the right recovery method, you'll win. You'll play for as long as you want and you'll have the longevity that you're looking for,” he said.
All of that may seem like enough to occupy a 24-hour day, but Davis still adds philanthropy—he’s been providing meals to DC-area frontline workers and school children through the Vernon Davis Foundation during the COVID-19 crisis—and acting lessons to his schedule. (You can catch his first lead role in a feature film in the upcoming Red Winter.)
In other words, Davis might be superhuman.
Want further proof? Anyone who’s toughed out one of Vargas’s TRX workouts on TRX Live knows that Miguel means business. Davis, however, sweated through 45 minutes of TRX with Vargas on Instagram without shedding a tear.
Blasting through a TRX workout, running a business, and saving the world all in the course of one day? It sounds like Vernon Davis’s Timeless supplements are working.