Some of you readers of my blog are fitness buffs so this one’s for you. My friend Scott “Beaver” Jones of the Chicago Lions happily agreed to do 5 Questions for my blog.
Tells us a bit about your background and how you came to be a professional rugby player
I was an All American my last two years at University of Tennessee and then decided to move to New Zealand after graduation to gain more rugby exposure. I returned to the states after 4 months and moved to Chicago where I was recruited to play for the Chicago Lions, one of the most prestigious clubs in the US, with aspirations of making the USA National Rugby Team. Mission Accomplished in 2004 when I was invited to tour with the US Eagles to play against Ireland and Italy.
Is the life of a professional athlete all it’s cracked up to be? What are some of the perks? What’s are some of the drawbacks?
Is it all what its cracked up to be? Absolutely, the pride that you have singing your national anthem in front of screaming fans is one of the best moments ever. Its also fun signing autographs for young fans even if they have no idea how worthless my autograph actually is, but it is nice putting smiles on their faces in that moment.
Perks? Of course the obvious is the travel and the tons of sports gear. In addition to that there are police escorts and it really is something to remember. One time in Dublin, the traffic stopped and the people on the streets were all curious of who was in the police escorted charter bus, pretty cool. We also got to eat dinner with US Ambassador to Ireland.
Drawbacks? Travel to all of these places is amazing but there is little time to enjoy because it is all business with practice twice a day and little freedom with tape reviews in between sessions.
Could you describe to us your training regimen. How often do you train? How long do you train? And what do you do (training wise)? Also tell us a bit about your diet.
Training and Eating heading into World Cup Trials? Everything was intense. We sent all of our workouts via heart rate monitors and all food intake into Boulder CO headquarters. I would train 5-6 days a week and the majority was once in the morning consisting of cardio, abs, core, balance and once in the evening consisting of speed, strength and power. As far as the food, i would eat a lot. Generally start off the morning workout with a protein shake and then have fruit and veggies along with protein bars prior to a healthy sandwich and veggies for lunch. I would have another snack(protein bar, peanut butter sand) before evening workout and then protein and or pasta for dinner. I cut out alcohol, junk food(as much as possible) and caffeine. I consistently drank water or gatorade throughout the day.
Could you give us some tips for us non-professional athletes to stay in shape?
Stay in shape tips for non professionals? Ideally get get in some physical activity at least once a day but knowing that can be hard I would go for walks, jog, gym(15 min cardio doing intervals of 30 sec on pushing yourself and 1 min off regular pace then go to weights but make sure you alternate with weights and get your heart rate up with star jumps or clap push ups or up downs(you will be surprised how hard it is when you have to get on the ground and then back up 5 times in a row.) situps, etc… Stay hydrated and stay away from fast foods another thing I failed to mention I gave up during training. Always eat all three meals a day and try to supplement with snacks in between about every couple hours.
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