When the 49ers reported to mini-camp this last weekend they saw a hard to miss 45 foot grass hill at the end of the practice field. Coach Mike Singletary put in the hill as a conditioning program for the players during workouts. Offensive lineman David Bass has dubbed it “Hamstring Hill”. Although it was not ready for mini-camp drills this past weekend it stands at 15 feet high and has a 30 and 40 degree inclines on each side. Singletary invoked the inspiration of the off season workouts of legends Walter Payton and Jerry Rice who were both known for running up and down steep inclines as off season conditioning programs. At the next mini-camp “Hamstring Hill” will be out in full force.
The mini-camp workouts this past weekend were a series of sprints, change of direction and conditioning drills. At one point players were lined up randomly with lineman, kickers, linebackers and running backs outracing each other in sprints. Bass in one race had to go up against RB Michael Robinson. Singletary is wasting no time in getting his players ready for training camp this summer.