By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
With the long off-season starting to take its toll with us faithful fans of the CFL, we thought it would be a good opportunity to reach out to a few of our CFLPA players reps to see what they’ve been up to and what they have planned before the start of the 2015 season. Today, we check in with Saskatchewan Roughriders Guard: Chris Best.
CFLPA: Hey Chris, thanks for taking some time to answer a few questions about your off-season. In a few words, what have you been up to since the end of the 2014 season?
Chris Best: “I went to Arizona for a month with my wife and daughter to spend the holidays with family.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
CB: (1) Be in the gym every day at 6AM, (2) Rehab all my injuries completely, and (3) Do more yoga.
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
CB “I have a full-time off season job at an engineering firm, so I really have to plan around being at an office from 8-5 every day. After that, I have to balance my workouts with family time while still working out hard enough to compete at this level. Also, I can’t just lift weights all the time. I do weights and mobility 3 times a week, plyometrics twice a week and then a cross-fit workout on Saturdays for my muscular endurance. It’s all about balance. That, and finding time to sleep a bit here and there.”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
CB: “Cross-fit is something I’ve added in this last offseason and I enjoy it, once a week. It really prepares you for those situations where you think you have nothing left physically. Instead, you’ve been there before and know you can keep going. I also have to do a lot of mobility work and yoga. I’m not a flexible guy anymore, so I have to fight to keep what I have.”
PA: Do you plan on including any vacation between now and the start of training camp? If not, what will you do to relax before the start of the season?
CB: “I just took an extended vacation, so I will probably just be working all offseason. To relax, I spend time with my wife and daughter, who is turning 1 this offseason.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
CB: “That’s a good question. I hope to do some more public speaking when I get a chance because I really enjoy it. Other than that, football, work and family life are pretty much it.”
We appreciate Chris taking time out of his work (and workout) schedules to answer these questions!