Training camp is upon us which means one thing, are you READY for some football?! While no one enjoys the heat and soreness that becomes synonymous with double sessions, “Camp” is something that is here to stay. Having a structured recovery routine and training plan throughout training camp and the season will help with increased performance, less aches and pains, and will assist with career longevity. Whatever level of competition Pee-Wee to the Pro’s the guys that feel the best at the start of practice will play the best on Game Day. We did a little Q & A with both Mike Reilly and Jason Foster as to what their top tips were for surviving both training camp and the season. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Q: Top 5 Items on the shopping list before shipping off for training camp?
Foster A: Depending on what weight, body fat, and muscles mass percentages I need to hold on to during camp will determine what’s on my list. If my requirements are met I stick with chicken breast, pasta, veggies, and protein shakes. I will splurge once a week with some pizza and ice cream.
2. Q: What’s the 1 thing you can’t live without during the season?
Foster A: Ice cream after a game!
3. Q: Pre-Practice Rituals?
Foster A: Hot Tub, Shower, 50 Banded Curls, House music and I’m ready to go.
4. Q: What are some of the Recovery Methods used during training camp and do they change throughout the season?
Foster A: I live in the cold tub and massage room. Acupuncture, cold tub, gallons of water to flush the body of soreness. My recovery methods don’t change much as it’s a long season.
5. Q: Who are some of the Veterans you looked to model your professionalism after?
Foster A: When I was a Rookie for the Oakland Raiders I had two Veterans Jared Veldheer and Mike Briesel really take me under their wing. They showed me how to be a real pro, I thank them every day for that.
6. Q: What does your In-Season S+C look like throughout the season?
Foster A: It’s all about maintaining strength if you’re on the active roster. It’s a long season so being able to be strong throughout has its advantages against other players at the end of the year. While on the practice squad guys are always trying to improve on their lifts and get stronger.
7. Q: Explain what the diet looks like, and any supplements throughout the season?
Foster A: A lot of Carbs and Proteins to keep my energy levels high. I’ll also incorporate a shake before bed as I’m a guy who struggles to keep weight on throughout the season. I go for my cheat meals on the off days with the O-line.
8. Q: Quote to live by during the season?
Foster A: “Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know you’re worth even if they don’t believe it. Prove them wrong everday.”
Reilly A: “