We had time to catch up with Machine defenseman Jackson Place and see what he’s been up to in the gym this offseason:
“Training has always been a huge part of my game since I'm not the craftiest with the stick,” Place said. “I tend to separate it out into three categories: strength and endurance, field work, and shocking the body.”
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The 5’11” defenseman likes to keep himself in shape with four workouts a week.
“Depending on where you are in the offseason, you tend to prioritize certain categories a bit more, but on a good week you want to fit in four workouts—two strength and endurance, one field, and one of something new. I’ve always found that the best workouts are those ‘something new’ ones that tend to be more full body circuit type of regimes.”
Place works out in New York City, mostly with Lax Breakfast Club, which is better known as Mitch Fitness. Mitch Fitness is a group led by Mitch Belisle, which consists of MLL players, including Machine defenseman Matt McMahon.
“It's fantastic,” Place said. “With such a long off season and very few team-oriented activities in that time span, having guys from around the league who are all-star caliber players and people willing to work out together has made training better in every sense the word.”
Place prefers the group over other workout classes offered in New York City.
“Intense workout classes in New York City typically cost $30+ a session, and Mitch puts us through just as hard lacrosse specific regiments, all while throwing in some fun new drills each week.”
The two-time MLL all-star enjoys being pushed by his peers, and feels that the competition is helping him as a player.
“From having guys heckle you in the group chat forcing you to wake up at the crack of dawn, to Mitch scheming up new ways to torture us, and guys pushing one another when we're there, it's absolutely improved all of our games.”
You can catch Jackson Place back on the field this season in which the Machine will attempt to defend their title. The Machine will open up the season on April 29 against the New York Lizards at Fortress Obetz at 2 p.m.
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