For me, there are really only two seasons. Football season — which involves long hours, multiple trips to Athens during the week and usually just eating whatever and whenever I can. Then there is non-football season, which is when I try to do to the things healthy adults do, like eat well and work out on a consistent basis.
If we all weren’t sheltering in place, this month stretch when spring practice would be going on would classify was football season. In the months of February and January, I was able to eat better, work out more and live a “better” lifestyle.
Of course, working out for me usually just consists of going for a run/jog. Given the constraints of football season, I’ve never really been able to buy into a gym membership.
So when Georgia strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair began putting out daily workouts for the general population to do given the closing of so many gyms, I figure I should take him up on it and make an effort to do them. He’s a paid professional and one of the top people in his field, even if he’s the second-most famous strength coach on Georgia’s staff at the moment thanks to the addition of Scott Cochran as the special teams coach.
And in all honesty, the daily workouts have become one of the highpoints of my day and something I actively look forward to. It feels somewhat normal to know that between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. I’m going to get a workout in some way.
At one point back in high school when I was playing football, I was in good shape. But that was a long time and a lot of pounds ago. Ultimately, I’ve just found it hard to work out as strenuously and seriously as I did because there wasn’t some end goal or consequences attached to it. In high school, if I was in terrible shape, I wouldn’t play and would puke my guts out in the Georgia heat. Now, if I don’t work out I’d just pack on a few extra pounds. And I could live with that.
In high school I had a coach — Scott Gizinski a world-class human — who knew how to push and motivate me in the weight room and in fitness drills. I haven’t really had that since, not that Sinclair really serves that function.
But if you ask enough football players about what they think of their strength and conditioning coaches, they’ll tell you they’re incredibly important both on and off the football field.
It’s part of the reason why Cochran leaving Alabama is being painted as such as significant loss.
“He was a special guy. He doesn’t get as much credit as people give him,” Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said of Cochran. “It’s going to be hard. Alabama is definitely going to miss him.”
If the Georgia strength and conditioning coach is willing to give out free advice and workouts, I figure that he’s giving out pretty sound and solid advice in how to get a workout in.
And for the most part, just about anyone is able to do most of the workouts Sinclair is providing. I don’t have stretch bands or a full squat rack — I’d venture to guess the average person does not either — but a lot of these workouts you can do from your kitchen, living room or bedroom.
— Scott Sinclair (@coach_sinclair) April 1, 2020
— Scott Sinclair (@coach_sinclair) March 30, 2020
“I know Scott’s done a good job of being creative and sharing it with the whole world so anyone that wants to use it can,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Scott’s done a good job of that.”
As for the workouts, the first couple were a big woof. I do a fairly decent job of running a few times a week during the year but that doesn’t truly help your upper body, core or even aspects of your lower body. Beyond the puddles of sweat and the general soreness that came when I woke up the next morning, I could tell that I was very much not in shape when this whole thing began.
Sinclair will post workouts Monday through Friday and he’s provided a lot of variety among. Some days you’ll be doing stretches to improve mobility and flexibility. Other days you’ll be doing cardio. All the workouts can be done from the comfort of your own home or just outside of it.
Over the past few weeks though, the workouts have gotten more manageable. I definitely feel that I’m not struggling as much to get through them as I was during that first week.
Except on Fridays. Those always seem to be the most grueling workouts for me. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of the week, but more so because I probably have two chicken biscuits for breakfast, as I’ve usually done since I was in high school. Might have to move that tradition to Saturday if I’m going to continue to do these workouts.
I’m certainly not an expert in the field of fitness, but I do feel I’m in better shape than when the coronavirus first brought our world to a grinding halt. And Sinclair is a huge reason for that.
Water jug workout donezo coach pic.twitter.com/4o9lmeC5DP
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) March 26, 2020
But perhaps the biggest benefit to these workouts is that I’m able to work them into a daily routine. I’m a huge creature of habit and doing things the same way as often as I can. Having these workouts and doing them around the same daily time helps make these days more manageable. It’s extremely comforting to know that I’ll be able to have some sort of routine to complete at some point during the day, even in a time when nothing feels normal.
Sincalir isn’t letting his Twitter workouts impacting his actual day job. He’s still communicating and providing workouts to the Georgia football players. While he can’t monitor or enforce them, he’s largely making them applicable so that players can do them at home, given they — like so many other people — can’t access a gym to do them.
“So what Scott’s able to do is say, ‘Hey if you don’t have a place to go, and what we’re finding out is not many of our guys do, or you don’t have a weight set, you don’t have a good place to go work out, here are innovative ways to get the same thing that you need without having to go to a workout facility, a training facility, because so many of them are shut down around them that it really makes them tough,'” Smart said.
— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) March 20, 2020
I sincerely hope Sinclair continues to provide these workouts to the public as long as the COVID-19 disruption lasts. I can’t expect him to give out free workout tips when he’s got a full team of guys to train and get in elite shape when this ends, especially given that the teams that are best able to get their guys in shape will have a huge head start to the 2020 season.
But to this point, I just want to sincerely thank Sinclair for what he’s done. At the very least, he’s shown a number of people a variety of workouts they’re able to do from home and help them stay in shape.
But more than that, his daily workout videos have become normal and a part of regular life. And I think that’s something a lot of people could really use in these trying times.
So thank you coach Sinclair. I hope your daily workouts continue and make me regret that Friday chicken biscuit for breakfast.
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