With high-intensity offseason program, he hopes to maximize his time with Patriots

In hopes of producing a strong finishing kick to his NFL career, Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler is trying something new this offseason, working with the personal trainer for top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams and boxers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones.

The 32-year-old Crumpler is currently on the 10th day of a six-week stay at the Louisiana headquarters of Mackie Shilstone.

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East Jefferson General Hospital's Mackie Shilstone has been named to a national panel of experts assembled by The Washington Post that will be featured weekly with guest columns on medical and fitness topics relating to the National Football League (NFL).

Sitting in a downtown New Orleans hotel 15 months ago, local fitness guru Mackie Shilstone made tennis star Serena Williams a deal she couldn't refuse.

With Williams' world ranking slumping and her knee and shoulder aching, Shilstone told Williams if she was serious about training and ready to dedicate herself to putting in extra work following her tennis workouts, he would clear his schedule and train her.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for Nola.com detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 

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