Warning: tl:dr ahead.
So, I’m 31, and just woke up from a ten year Everquest/WoW coma last August. Last thing I remember I was blowing off college, drinking nightly, and sleeping with pretty girls.
I came-to out of shape, engaged, and with digestive problems like you wouldn’t believe. A friend directed me to this site, and I did my best to absorb the info from the beginners sections. I dropped from 240 to 190 through eating well and using the universal gym at my apartment complex, and I’m feeling a lot better.
This summer, I decided to pick back up my college career and finish my bachelors. I have 2 years left on a CS degree, which will likely take 3 due to scheduling hell.
I’m working, but my position has really laid back hours, so I don’t really worry about it as long as things are getting done. We’re even right across the street from a Bally’s, which has a couple squat racks (far away from the barbells, so there’s almost never curlers), and room to deadlift. Life’s good.
So I need some discomfort. One of the dreams I had in my first college go around was to transfer out of my community college to a school with a football team.
Well, I’m at Portland State now, we’ve got a football team… and I’m not exactly up to snuff. I dropped most of the fat, but I need to get the muscles and speed back. So, I’m looking for T-Nation help.
I love football, but haven’t played, so I figure the only way I’m getting on the team is by being stronger, faster, and smarter than the other walk-ons.
I’m 5’9", so most positions are going to be out due to height. I would probably do best as a RB (I was a sprinter in my youth, and can still move well over short distances), but that is going to be pretty competitive.
Not having trained anything involving hands, WR is probably not a great option, though I’d do okay as the shifty slot guy. I’m thinking my best bets are Safety, or a longer shot at CB. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d match up well.
Currently I am at the gym 45 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week Mon-Fri. I plan to add some running around with sandbags to that somewhere, probably on weekends, or Wed nights. I have a food diary at http://www.fitday.com/WebFit/PublicJournals.html?Owner=ksalicos which I just started.
(It’s already shown me that I need more calories). At the gym I do squats and deads/bench press on alternating days. The rest of my time is spent playing with barbells trying to learn what’s working for me. I can only manage about 5 chin ups, so I haven’t been able to work those into my routine, but we have a hammer strength machine that is helping improve that.
So: Given the time I have available, what would you add/change with my workout/diet to get me within a possible chance of football shape by next summer?
What can I do to learn the terms/skills necessary to play? (I know everything you can know from playing NFL2k5 - basic route names, positions, etc. Beyond that I’ll need help)
What is a team recruiter going to want to see to even consider me?
What questions did I need to ask but didn’t think about?