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June 28, 2013
Kaepernick: A body that doesn't know rest never craves it


Colin Kaepernick said he listened to and appreciated Jim Harbaugh's warning this offseason that a quarterback shouldn't get too big and too muscle-bound in the weight room. But he's not going to spend his month-long hiatus on the couch, either.

Kaepernick this morning told KNBR radio's Murph & Mac show that he'd continue his 100-mph workout routine right up until training camp, which is scheduled to begin the third week in July. After all, he said, a quarterback who leaves the pocket as much as he does has to be able to absorb a few hits.

"That's the balance I'm trying to find," Kaepernick said. "Can I get big, can I get strong and still remain flexible enough to go out and throw the ball well?"

Harbaugh isn't the only one wondering if Kaepernick should tone it down. The quarterback said he had a conversation Thursday with Mike Iupati in which the guard asked him whether it would be wise to rest before training camp. Kaepernick's response: "If your body never knows rest, it never craves it."

That attitude has led to a whirlwind offseason that included meeting the First Lady, shooting a commercial for Jaguar and, earlier this week, hosting a gold tournament for Camp Taylor, which benefits children with heart issues.

Kaepernick's parents lost two young sons to heart ailments, and Kaepernick was able to raise more than $200,000 for Camp Taylor this week. "The more I spent time with the kids, the more I felt like it was the perfect decision for me, that it was something I needed to do," he said.

Meanwhile, the time he's spent in the weight room - and perhaps the tattoo parlor - landed Kaepernick a spot in ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue", which comes out next month. Perhaps a future issue will include Michelle Obama. Kaepernick got her to take a photo with him while "Kaepernicking" - kissing her biceps - and he said the First Lady was a natural.

"It was something where I had to take advantage of the opportunity," he said. "She was more than willing. She was a great sport about it. I mean, she was a really cool lady. ... She definitely has the arms for it."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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