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Saints News 5/17/13: Payton Has Saints Players Perform Same High-Intensity Workouts That Got Him In Shape During Exile

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The high-intensity CrossFit workouts that helped Payton get into the best physical shape of his life have inspired a new approach to the Saints' offseason workout program.

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