While you have been out shopping, celebrating Holidays, stuffing your face, drinking way too much and blogging your life away, the University of Miami football team has been spending the month of December trying to get stronger every day.
But have you ever stopped to ask yourself: "What are the key components of the UM strength and conditioning program and what are the specific, targeted and tangible goals for each player and the team as a whole?"
Speed? Weight training? Strength? Mental Toughness? Agility? Diet and Nutrition? Body Mass Index? Explosiveness? Running Drills? Flexibility? Injury Prevention? Endurance? Aerobic Conditioning? Stamina?
Or maybe it is my favorite answer on any test: ALL OF THE ABOVE!
UM head coach Al Golden recognized early on during his first year at Miami that his team was weak and soft. He knew instantly that things had to change and change drastically because much like a person going through life drunk and stupid, for a football player, being soft and weak is simply no way to go through life.
The word on the street was that under the previous caching regime the UM strength and conditioning program was infiltrated by and fell victim to two of the seven deadly sins: Sloth and Gluttony.
Sloth in that the players became lazy and not pushed to the levels they were capable of by the previous coaches. According to at least one reliable source off-season workouts at Miami were not mandatory, were strictly voluntary and as a result were almost non-existent for a large percentage of players on the team.
Gluttony in that their dietary intake was based on only two of the four major food groups: ice cream (protein), Skittles (carbs) and fast food (garbage). With allegedly no planful or organized training table for players to get their nutritional needs met midnight trips to Taco Bell or McDonald's became the order of the day.
That is certainly not the type of diet and nutrition that growing athletes need to develop muscle mass and build their bodies for peak performance on game day. Golden wants his players to strong like a rock, not soft like sand.
Which brings us to former UM player and WWE Champion Dwayne Johnson better known as "The Rock". In a workout video taped last year at the University of Miami he shows you how The Rock gets it done:
Even yet to be signed new high school recruits seem to have a better idea of what Golden wants and expects out of players on his team.
Miami Norland players RB Randy "Duke" Johnson (verbal commit) and LB Keith Brown (undecided but note the hat he is wearing) show their unique blend of skills, strength, agility and speed in this video recorded in March of 2011 at Fast Twitch Miami:
If that doesn't get your motor running then maybe watching this off-season workout by former Miami Hurricane and current Carolina Panther LB Jon Beason getting all hot and sweaty will help you understand what it takes to not only succeed in college but in the NFLU.
Word of advice to UM players: Get your 14 workouts in and try to be more like The Rock or The Beaston or just get to stepping.
If you fail to meet your personal contractual requirements then your transfer papers will have been prepared and will be waiting for you.
At "The U" under Al Golden no clock punchers or lazy slackers need apply.