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 Montreal Alouettes Tackle: Josh Bourke.
CFLPA: Hey Josh, 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?
Josh Bourke: “I like to take some time off from training to let my body heal after an arduous and long season. Enjoyed the holidays with family and friends back in Ontario. Also helped my mom move into a new house.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
JB: My goals for the 2015 season are as follows.
- Get myself in great physical and mental shape.
- Stay healthy the whole year.
- Be one of the best offences in the CFL.
- Make the grey cup.
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
JB “I spend my winters in Montreal so although it’s freezing a huge advantage is being able to train with some of my teammates and trainers. I try to focus on eating right, which allows me to get more gains in the weight room. Enjoying the time off during the offseason is also important element so once the season hits you feel refreshed and ready to go!”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
JB: “A few things I’ve incorporated over the years is pool training, and yoga. The pool is a great workout for the body with less stress on the joints. Yoga helps work on flexibility and breathing techniques.”
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?
JB: “One of my passions is traveling. I plan on going on a few vacations before the start of the season. I’m going to hit Florida in March, Bahamas over Easter, and maybe a boy’s fishing trip in May. Fishing relaxes me and I really enjoy all the strategizing and different techniques involved in being a good angler.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
JB: “I have a number of different projects that keep me busy throughout the offseason. I have a sports radio show I do called ‘In The Trenches’ on Wednesday nights. The website is websportsmedia.com. I also do the ‘Together In School’ program with the Alouettes where we visit schools and speak with students throughout the Montreal community. Subjects include: perseverance, decision making, education, bullying, etc. I’m also taking French classes and am going to take a cooking class.”
Thanks to Josh who found some time between training, sports-casting, and learning French to answer a few of our questions!