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“Everybody likes to train what they’re good at,” Saunders said. “Go in any gym across America on a Monday and you’ll see 90 percent of the guys benching. Most people will take the path of least resistance. They don’t have the knowledge to switch things up, do progressions or really diagnose what they need for themselves.”

That’s why they go to Saunders. He trains pros, college and high school athletes and soccer moms, too.

The current list of Eagles includes five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, tight end Brent Celek, safety Quintin Mikell, offensive linemen Todd Herremans, Winston Justice and Jamaal Jackson, linebackers Moise Fokou and Jamar Chaney, and defensive linemen Trevor Laws, Victor Abiamiri and Juqua Parker.

Dallas Cowboys guard Phil Costa and Minnesota Vikings running back Albert Young also are clients.

Many of these players would be working out at Power Train regardless of the lockout. Those with workout clauses in their contracts likely would go to their team’s facility to get credit during allotted time periods.

“The guys we have so far, 90 percent of them, would be here anyway,” Saunders said. “I’d say 10 percent are trying it out because of the lockout. Those numbers may increase if the lockout goes into June and July. But these guys are committed. They understand their body is the No. 1 asset in their profession and they would be here anyway.”

Saunders‘ system appeals to many athletes because he sets up specific workouts and diet programs catered to each player’s individual needs. That’s not always the case with team trainers. Sometimes a team will assign the same workout to the whole squad but players say privately they much prefer doing sessions that are tailored to their needs.

Saunders targets weaknesses and muscle imbalances in athletes and puts together a program designed to fix those particular areas while improving overall strength, health and conditioning.

“Some areas are stronger than others because of the sport they play and overuse of specific motor patterns or how they trained before, so basically we take an athlete and see what we need to work on, and there’s a lot that goes into that,” Saunders said.

“It’s not only physical stuff, but you have to see what you are working with mentally with athletes, too. Some guys are workout warriors and they’ve done it all their life. Some guys have gotten by on natural talent and this is the first time they’ve gone somewhere else. They don’t know what’s out there so you have to expose them to it slowly.”

The workouts can be a humbling experience at first. Doing it in a gym filled with elite athletes adds some pressure. Of course, there’s trash-talking, especially if someone outside the fraternity is in the group.

“Those are the sorriest push-ups I’ve ever seen,” Abiamiri said to me as I struggled to finish a workout.

While Abiamiri dished out insults, Jackson offered compliments.

“What’s Lou Ferrigno doing in here?” he said.

Being compared to The Incredible Hulk will boost anyone’s ego.