It’s finally here. It’s the first week of August, and everybody who’s anybody knows what that means:
football is BACK!!!
If you’re anything like me, February through July is all about one thing and one thing only–how long until it starts again? How long until we throw the pads back on and get to work on another championship? How long until you report that first day and see the new freshman coming in, scared sh*tless, while you and your fellow upperclassmen exchange a familiar look:
it’s time to get to work.
This year HTS athletes were looking forward to getting back and showing their buddies (you know, the one’s who did one set of bench and called it a workout–see my last post for that rant) what they’ve been doing this summer. Although the coaches didn’t test their “measurables” like they normally did–HTS athletes did get a chance to show off their conditioning and explosiveness on the field.
I got the chance to watch my old high school team (and the three athletes I trained on that team) twice this week–and I wasn’t surprised to see some impressive performances out of my three sophomores. I was extremely impressed with how they were able to move compared to most of the other players.
My free safety/quarterback was easily the most explosive player at his respective positions, and showed great agility and athleticism along with impressive maturity when running the offense for a sophomore. I was just as proud of my offensive/defensive lineman trainee who, at only 185 pounds, was able to DOMINATE a 300+ pound returning starter and worked his way into the starting varsity d-line rotation in only the third day of practice!
Congratulations to ALL my athletes–keep kicking major ass and have an awesome season (I know you guys will!!!)
When I go watch practice, I typically help out the coaches in practice and in the weight room afterwards. I’ll also stay and answer questions and talk to players that, well, want to hear me talk training and football.
Today I was giving some advice to a few athletes on training (and why the hell you don’t want to burn yourself out during two-a-days with maximal lifts–but that’s another post) and a player told me he couldn’t gain weight (heeeere we go). Here’s how it went (and how it always seems to go):
ME: “Well, if you can’t gain weight then you’re not eating enough.”
SKINNY BASTARD: “Naaa man–if you saw how much I ate you’d be like–”
ME: “how much do you eat?”
SB: “maaaan–a ton–”
ME: “what have you eaten today?”
SB: “I had a fruit roll up and coke for breakfast and–well–but I eat a TON at dinner”
ME (nostalgia kicking in): there’s no way in hell you’re “eating a lot” you wanna know what eating a lot is?
And then I describe my peanut butter and jelly diet–the “diet” that got me from 159 to 187 at 6 foot 1 in 5 months, and up to 205 in 14 months:
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Weight Gain Extravaganza
7AM (before school): eggs and two pieces of toast with butter, huge glass of milk and sometimes a bowl of cereal
9AM (between 2nd and 3rd period): 2 PB & J’s, toasted ’cause that’s how I like ’em
(workout during athletic period–4th period)
Lunch: 2 PB & J’s + 2 peanut butter and honey sandwiches with cinnamon sprinkled on there (that’s a bad ass sandwich if you haven’t tried it) + milk + friend’s leftovers from school lunch
2PM (between 5th and 6th period): 2 PB & J’s
After school: lift (heavy basics, squat and bench, tried to add more weight to the bar each week)
Dinner: lots and lots of whatever my lovely mother put on the table
Before bed: 2 PB&J’s or 2 PB & honey sandwiches with a huuuge glass of milk
Sleep and repeat (and probably try to find time to shower).
Disclaimer: no this isn’t the “perfect scientific diet” and yes I did gain a bit of fat in that 14 months, but I certainly didn’t get “chubby”–I was strong and explosive. Also, don’t bother me with “but I don’t like peanut butter and jelly” or crap like that–the point is it takes buttloads of food for some of us to gain weight (note: if you have to ask “how to gain weight” you’re probably one of those guys… eat more.).
Ask a question or leave a comment, let me know what you think about this “superdiet”!