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.
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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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