Three weeks ago I wrote about adjusting to life after football and how it’s been a struggle for me. I’m still going through some struggles, but I’m starting to get used to this so called “average joe” life. My weekends on the radio are an absolute blast. I couldn’t have asked for a better first opportunity into sports broadcasting. Stan Cotten, Dave Goren, Josh Nixon, and John Brockwell make my Saturdays so enjoyable. Any time someone asks me how I like my new gig the first thing I tell them is, “I love it, the crew I work with is so great.” I say this because this crew of guys has been so great about creating a fun environment to work in. The group has a great collective sense of humor that makes doing my job so much less stressful.
Having that to look forward every weekend has made this transition much easier. I have also started a new workout routine. For the last week and a half I have been training with a long time friend and former basketball teammate(before I got huge), Mason Burks. We have known each other since around the 6th grade and have always gotten along well. In College, Burks spent time interning with the University of Tennessee men’s Basketball program and learned the ins-and-outs of strength training.
After finishing his internship, Mason started doing his own personal training. He specializes in basketball and youth athletics, but he also runs morning classes for the “average joes.” He recently came up with a name for his training, calling it MASE, an acronym of his name (Maximum Athletic Strength Endurance). One of my best friends Kenny has been going to his morning classes for a while and urged me to try it a couple weeks ago, so I did.
Wow! I was in for a shock my first day at MASE. I walked into the gym and asked what we had in store for that day and Mason told me we were doing cardio. Immediately, I knew I was going to struggle(I hate cardio!), but then I looked around and I was surrounded by mothers from the local area. I thought to myself, “If they can do it, it can’t be that bad.”
I WAS DEAD WRONG! THOSE MOMS WHOOPED MY BUTT!
Apparently, normal cardio consists of constant running and circuit training. Football is a game of 10 second bursts of energy followed by 30 seconds of rest. Football players tend to train in that same mindset, I was one of them. It works for football, but let me tell you, it doesn’t work for MASE.
For the last week and a half I have been so sore and tired from my workouts. We move non-stop for almost an hour, sometimes more, and I’m spent when that hour is over. The moms that workout with me have put me to shame a few times(they have been at MASE for months), but I’m getting better each workout. I really enjoy the workouts every day; each session we do something new to keep our bodies guessing.
It must be working because I’m down to 280 lbs this week. I haven’t been this light since I was 18-years-old. When I wrote my first article on this subject I was 289 lbs, but until I started at MASE I never got below 285. In just 21 days since my first article, I have been able to lose almost 10 lbs. The majority of that has come in the last two weeks and I owe a lot of credit to the mothers in my workout group and Mason Burks, who have been encouraging me to adapt to this new life style.
I’m still working on the transition, but when I get down to my goal weight of 250 lbs I plan on posting photos to show you all the transformation. It is amazing what changes the body can undergo in such a short period of time. If anyone reading this lives in Knoxville, I encourage you to join me at MASE.