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 Edmonton Eskimos Long Snapper; Ryan King.
Ryan King: “After heading to BC to support my little brother in the Grey Cup- I went back to Edmonton to start training with all the guys at Commonwealth Stadium. We had lots of guys stick around this year which has been great for training/the club.”
PA: What goals have you set for the 2015 off-season?
RK: “To continue to grow as an athlete off the field in the community and in the weight room.”
PA: What kinds of things does a professional football player need to think about when preparing an off-season plan?
RK: “I look at it in three phases. First you must recover your body from the previous season. Second, keep your diet as clean as you can year around, and third; stretch, stretch, stretch! I didn’t realize how important this was until I played my first 18 game season.”
PA: Are there any unconventional aspects of your off-season training regimen? What would fans be surprised to know you include in your program?
RK: “This off-season was the first that I got into Yoga pretty hard. It has helped a lot when it comes to my flexibility and my overall training this off-season.”
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?
RK: “I am heading to Hawaii with my girl before season starts up to get some relaxing time in, even though I will probably train everyday down there.”
PA: Outside of football, what does 2015 hold for you?
RK: “I have been very focused on building our youth camp series in Edmonton. We ran a camp March break for 6-12 year olds and we had 75 kids at camp. I will use the motivation from our last successful camp to build on some more in the near future.”
A big thank you to Ryan for answering our questions and giving us a glimpse into his off-season!