Crutches, canes and arm slings are just a few items that differentiate the "Rehab Ranch," as it's affectionately known, from other training facilities.
It's not really a rehab center or a training facility. It's nothing more than the central gathering point for Pistol Robinson, Douglas Duncan, Markus Mariluch, Brian Canter, Jarrod Craig and just about any other bull rider who might be injured on any given week.
Robinson, who is recovering and rehabbing after breaking both legs earlier this year at a Built Ford Tough Series event in New York, said his house in Burleson, Texas, "Is just where everybody congregated."
"It's a sad sight," joked Harve Stewart, who laughed at the motley collection of "crippled-up" riders.
Canter, who is scheduled for yet another procedure on his hip, lives 15 minutes away with his girlfriend, so he commutes. Craig, who is dealing with a groin injury, lives an hour south and, like Duncan, who is slated to return to the BFTS in Thackerville, Okla., comes and goes at his leisure.
Mariluch is the latest to join the fold.
He recently underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and, according to Robinson, is living at the house full-time.
Robinson said he originally was swimming at a local aquatic center as part of his rehab, but with a pool at home he thought he could do the same thing and for a longer period of time each day.
The pool also proved to be good rehab for Canter's hip injury.
"The pool is what drew everybody there, I believe," Robinson said, "It started with the pool."
Craig had been using a speed bag at his place in Midland, Texas, so once he arrived he found some equipment Robinson had and set up a speed bag and heavy bag.
Robinson said everything "just escalated" from there.
Duncan and Craig began climbing a rope tied up in a tree to strengthen their upper bodies. Then they decided to make use of a large industrial tire they would flip end-over-end from the front yard to the back yard, and swing a 15-pound sledgehammer to the right and then left before smacking it into the tire like a golf club.
"All we need are some chickens to chase around," said Robinson,
making light of a scene from the classic Rocky, starring
Sylvester Stallone. "If we had them, somebody would definitely
chase them around."
Prior to getting hurt in early January, Robinson said he had been participating in the Insanity Workout from BeachBody, but has gotten better results from the makeshift Rehab Ranch workouts.
"All we need are some chickens to chase around." -- Pistol Robinson.
Not everyone works out at the same time.
Duncan likes to get his workout done early compared to Robinson, who works out after spending the afternoon in the pool.
When they first started Robinson was transitioning from his crutches to a cane and Duncan was still getting around with the use of crutches, so they were all at different stages of their rehab and capable of participating to varying degrees.
Just this past week, Robinson received clearance from Dr. Tandy Freeman to begin working his legs.
However, Duncan will be the first of them to return to competition next week.
Stewart occasionally drops by, but is the only visitor not considered by the others to be an "injured, gimpy bull rider."
He has yet to join the workout.
A former high school football player, the 24-year-old Stewart has opted for a more conventional workout three times a week at a gym in Stephenville, Texas.
"He doesn't stick around long," Robinson said. "He doesn't want all of our misfortunes to rub off on him, you know. He takes what little luck we can give and then he goes on the road."
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