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Sheen Time: Five Ways to Stay In Shape in the Offseason

February 7, 2018
After winning the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Championship, the Sheens are keeping themselves in shape this offseason as they look to defend the title. Here’s some tips on how to stay in shape in the offseason:

1.     Find a place to do your workouts and stick to it

When getting yourself ready for the upcoming season, the first piece of advice is to maintain your consistency. While many try to do workouts at home, it makes more sense to go out to a place like a gym, where you cannot hold yourself back, or get distracted.

“A big part of my off-season training is working out at The Spot athletics facility.” Machine midfielder Dominique Alexander said.

By going to the same place to do your workouts, it separates your home life from your workout life. So, get out there and join a gym!

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2.     Play some other sports just to keep your hand-eye coordination up

Many of the Sheens like to get themselves going by getting involved in some pickup sports. While Machine captain Kyle Harrison plays a lot of pickup basketball, forward Peter Baum like to also integrate tennis into his offseason. 

“I’d say I'm definitely an avid jogger,” Baum said. “So outside of regular workouts I like to go for runs, but then also pickup basketball and tennis.”

Going out for long-distance runs is a good way to keep up your stamina and help your body get used to lactic acid buildup (which is what causes the “pain” in your legs after running long distances), allowing you to play for all 60 minutes.

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3.     Weight Lifting

Lifting weights is a good way to bulk up your muscles and Machine goaltender Scotty Rodgers spends a lot of his time in the gym. Rodgers says he spends five days a week lifting weights during the offseason. Rodgers says the key to his success is getting himself big and strong right now, and then cutting it down as the season comes. Make sure that you always have a spotter when lifting weights!

4.     Get a group of friends to workout with you

When you set out to accomplish a goal, sometimes it’s better to have one of your peers looking over your shoulder, not only to push you, but to make sure that you’re progressing towards those goals. Machine Defensemen Matt McMahon and Jackson Place have figured out that working out with a group pushes them even more than if they did it on their own.

“Jackson and I do this thing called Lax Breakfast club, which is a group of MLL guys led by Mitch Belisle who train in New York City,” McMahon said. “You end up working a lot harder when you are training with others, especially a group made up of your teammates and competition.”

Going out for a long-distance run can be good if you want to do workouts with a group too.  The trick is to go out at a conversational pace, and by talking to another person, it helps the time (and distance) pass by quickly.

5.     Focus on injury prevention

Putting a focus on injury prevention can be very beneficial for players’ bodies. It allows them to stay healthy throughout the entire season, which could be grueling to the body.

“Lifting for me mostly revolves around injury prevention, more so than strength.” Harrison said. “This is the first off season since 2015 that I’ve been healthy and able to train normally, so, I’ve actually just been enjoying the monotony of training now that I can actually do it again. Agilities, band work, and plyometrics is where I spend most of my time.”

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Harrison looks forward to returning 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.