Vander Sanden on Summer Workouts

A lot of times fans have no idea what goes on during the summer for a division one college football player. Having been in those same shoes that the players are in today CN's Luke Vander Sanden can provide some insight on what goes on during the summer in terms of workouts, classes, and summer jobs.

Let's start with workouts


First of all, the players are in fabulous hands with Coach McGettigan and Coach Ruf.  Those two strength coaches do a tremendous job of preparing the athletes the right way.  Talk about countless hours they put in too!  The football team works out four days a week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday is the day off during the week, and I must say it is a much needed day off!  Monday's workout consists of a lower body workout in the weight room, and usually a explosive run in the indoor facility.  The run focuses on the fast twitch muscles that enable the athlete to be explosive when running.  Tuesday is a big upper body lift day, followed by a heavy conditioning workout.  Ask any member on the team, and I would venture to guess that they would say Tuesday is the most physically and mentally draining day.  I know I was always happy when I accomplished Tuesday's workout mission.  Thursday's lift focuses on lower body development, and then a run focusing on speed work.  Friday's lift is a variation of upper and lower body, followed by agility work. 


There are three workout groups throughout the day; 6:00am, 10:25am, and 3:00pm.  How do I figure out which group I am in?  Well, prior to the summer program, each individual athlete sits down with the strength coach and discusses summer schedules.  The workout times depends on when you have class and if you have a job.  The groups are also aimed to be even as far as freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 


Switching gears, let's talk about classes 


I would say that 90% of the athletes that are in Ames working with Coach McGettigan are also taking classes.  I found this to be a great plan.  It allows players to keep some structure as far as academics, and it also allows them to continue towards their goal, to graduate.  It is important to note that the classes in the summer are usually 2 ½ hour to 3 hour blocks, usually 2-3 days a week.  Sometimes those three hours can seem like the longest three hours of your life. 


Lastly, most athletes choose to get a summer job to get some extra spending and living money for the summer.  Although classes define a higher priority, jobs in the summer can be hard to find to fit such a tight schedule.  The coaches try to help you find jobs the best you can, but your best bet is to keep an eye out towards the end of the year, and express interest early.


I hope all of you Cyclone fans can feel a better grasp of the "life of an ISU football player" in the summer.  Kickoff is approaching, and let's rally behind the boys for an unforgettable year!



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