Steelers linebacker James Harrison has an insane workout to stay in top shape at 38 years old

What the heck is this bar that James Harrison is using in the gym?

After linebacker James Harrison momentarily retired following the 2013 season, his future seemed up in the air again until he recently announced he would play at least one more season for the Pittsburgh Steelers at age 38.

Playing in the NFL in your late 30s is rare, especially for a linebacker where a player must maintain both speed and strength. So it would seem that somebody like Harrison might need something more than just your run-of-the-mill time in the weight room, and sure enough, his workouts look insane.

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Harrison occasionally posts short videos of his workouts to his Instagram account and it is clear that even at age 38, there are not many people in the NFL who are out-working the 13-year veteran.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 21: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on December 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Chiefs 20-12. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sits on the field after sacking Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams after during the Christmas Eve game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison lays on the ground after scoring a touchdown after intercepting a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at the end of the second quarter during the NFL's Super Bowl XLIII football game in Tampa, Florida, February 1, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: James Harrison #92 (left) of the Pittsburgh Steelers and outside linebacker coach Joey Porter before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers follows the action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 2: NBC Sports Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya interviews linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 43-23. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 12, 2014: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks down the sideline during a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 12, 2014 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 31-10. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 28: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the field before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field on September 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Buccaneers defeated the Steelers 27-24. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 29: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on August 29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 20: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 20, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-10. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) looks on during the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 8, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison (92) during the second quarter of their 26-6 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: James Harrison #92 of the New England Patriots sacks Bryce Petty #9 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: James Harrison #92 of the New England Patriots reacts after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots celebrates with James Harrison #92 after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There are dips with what looks to be about 200 pounds of added weight.


There are 1,100-pound leg presses.


They don't make dumbbells big enough for Harrison's one-armed shoulder presses.

Pull-ups with added weight because his 250 pounds of body weight are not challenging enough.

I'm not even sure what is going on here.


Harrison might be able to compete in Strongman competitions when he retires.


One-legged squats are not for the weak.


Apparently straight-bars are not challenging enough.


And don't forget about the 700-pound squats.


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