By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
We are finally in March, which means that spring is almost here. What does that mean CFL fans? That means that the “Is it June yet” campaign will soon come to fruition and we can see our favourite game write another chapter in its storied history. June is not here yet though, so today, we’re checking in with Ottawa REDBLACKS Defensive Back: Eric Fraser, to see what he’s been up to.
CFLPA: Hi Eric, 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?
Eric Fraser: “I’ve just been hanging out and training mostly. I went back to Vancouver for about a month over the holidays following the season. Once I returned to Ottawa it’s been all work. I’m also studying for my Commercial Pilot License written exam which is taking longer than I had hoped.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
EF: “Usually the same goal I have every off-season. Get bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic. Refine my football specific skills and come into camp in great shape so I have the best opportunity to make the club and help the team win games.”
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
EF: “For me, it’s all in the details. Focusing on diet rest and recovery. Everyone works out hard, gets their lift and field work in but what do you do session-to-session to recover and make sure that you can give 100% every time you’re working.”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
EF: “A few things this year. First we’ve gone to some gymnastic style strength training. The purpose is to increase movement and train your muscles through these increased ranges. You want to be pliable and strong through the entire range of a joints movement. I’ve also changed my diet into an intermittent fasting type diet. On some days I have an eating period that consists of only 4 hours and a fasting period that consists of 20.”
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?
EF: “I didn’t get away this offseason. I needed to save money for my flight training. Hopefully, I can get my written exam done and get back in the air. Flying is a great way for me to relax.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
EF: “Hopefully finish my commercial pilot’s license pretty soon and tack on some ratings. Would love to get my instructor rating so I can build hours while I finish my CFL career.”
We want to thank Eric for taking the time out of his tight off-season schedule to answer a few of our questions! Best of luck in 2015 Eric!