By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Continuing where we left off last week, we got in touch with Marc-Olivier Brouillette from your Montreal Alouettes to see how the linebacker/safety/lawyer was doing this off-season. Read what Marc-O has been up to since the 2014 season closed:
CFLPA: Since mounting a mid-season turnaround with your teammates in Montreal last year, what have you been up to since the end of the season?
Marc-Olivier Brouillette: “I have been in West Palm Beach, Florida training and spending time with my wife and 10 month old daughter.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
MOB: “Obviously winning a Grey Cup is always the end goal. Personally, remaining healthy and not missing any game time is my number 1 priority. Being forced to watch from the sidelines and not be able to contribute on the field is very difficult for any athlete to have to go through.”
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
MOB: “The CFL season is a long and gruelling marathon, so once the season ends, it is very important to take some time off to recover both physically and mentally and take care of all the minor nagging injuries that have accumulated throughout the season. Letting them go untreated will simply hinder progress and in most cases, keep the player from achieving optimal results during their off-season training cycles.
Once your body is rested and ready to perform again, it is important to have both a short term and long term training plan. Through periodization and proper planning, a player can steadily improve his strength, speed, power and conditioning, and make sure that he is peaking at the right time, whether it be for mini-camp or training camp in June.
Nutrition is also a very important aspect of off-season training. During the season, time for cooking and meal prep can be very difficult to come by given the hectic practice, game and travel schedules we face. The off-season is therefore a great time to learn about proper nutrition, test out what works for you and create better eating habits that will hopefully translate to the season, when proper fuelling is essential for optimal performance.”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
MOB: I place a great emphasis on recovery between training sessions. In order to maximize the effects of my workout, whether it be on the field or in the weight room, I need to be as close to feeling 100% as possible. As soon as one session ends, preparation for the next one begins.
3 things that help me achieve my recovery goals are; nutrition, SMR- Self Myofascial Release (Foam Rolling) and Active Compression Therapy.
SMR is a staple for any athlete who is looking to maximize his performance, improve flexibility, reduce injury and speed up recovery. When people think of foam rolling, the first image that comes to mind is someone lying on their back rolling back and forth, trying to get a quick back massage. That is one movement of several that can be performed. However, through a little bit of learning, an athlete can easily improve his performance in only a few minutes. It can be painful at times, but the results are worth the momentary discomfort. Two indispensable items I use daily are a lacrosse ball and The HyperIce Vyper (vibrating foam roller) to target both my upper and lower body.
Active Compression Therapy is performed with the help of my Recovery Pump and Recovery Boots. After every training session I set aside an hour to put on my Recovery Boots. They are large inflatable leg sleeves that help reduce soreness and inflammation, increase blood flow as well as remove all the metabolic waste and lactic acid that accumulates in your legs during a weight training or running session. An hour session daily leaves me feeling fresh and ready to attack my next workout.”
PA: Did you set aside any time for vacation this off-season? If not, what will you do to relax before the start of the season?
MOB: “I am fortunate enough to escape the Canadian winter and spend 4 months in Florida every off-season. Although I am training extremely hard for the upcoming season, I almost feel as though that in itself is an extended vacation! I will however be spending some time in Los Angeles in April to see friends and family who have not had the chance to meet my daughter yet.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
MOB: “Outside of football, parenting has become my number one job. With our first child being born in 2014, my wife and I are constantly learning about what it is to be new parents. Juggling family life and professional life can be difficult at times, but I embrace the challenge and look forward to continuing to grow with my great family.”
Thanks Marc-Olivier for sitting down and giving us some an in-depth look at what your off-season looks like! We want to wish you the best in the upcoming season, and whatever follows!