At 6:30pm EST, Brady will compete with the New England Patriots, and against the Philadelphia Eagles, in the 52nd Super Bowl. If the Patriots are victorious, Brady would break his own Super Bowl records—he’s already won five of them, and been named MVP of four.

Even if they lose, he could get another shot: Brady, 40, intends to play in the NFL for at least another five years. He’s pinning that confidence on a physical and mental performance plan devised with his his “body coach,” Alex Guerrero, known as the TB12 Method.

Success wasn’t always such a foregone conclusion. In The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, published in September, Brady describes himself as a mediocre high school football player, and says he was told early and often that he didn’t have the right body for the game.

When drafted to the Patriots in 2000, he was the 199th pick. “[If] you do the math,” he writes, “that means that I was passed over by every team in the NFL somewhere between four and six times.” Brady credits his career longevity to the TB12 method, which in one word constitutes pliability (truly; this word appears 472 times in The TB12 Method).

Defined as “targeted, deep-force muscle work that lengthens and softens muscles at the same time those muscles are rhythmically contracted and relaxed,” pliability is the central thesis around which TB12 is built. But it’s not the only thesis. Read more from…

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