Varsity summers: how athletes are training in the offseason

Queen’s athletes reveal their offseason regimens 

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Just because the season is over doesn’t mean Queen’s athletes are putting their feet up. Being a varsity athlete is a year-round effort—summer just means getting ready for the next season. Here’s what some of our athletes are doing to prepare for their next campaign:

Men’s Basketball — Bruno Chan, Sophomore Point Guard

Now that I’m back home in Brazil, I practice in the mornings with a couple guys from my town that play in the U.S. Monday to Friday. We do mostly skill work, like ball handling and shooting drills. On Mondays and Wednesdays I practice with a university team near my house. It’s a good time to get my cardio up and play 1v1 and 5v5 with older guys. 

I also try to lift at least four days a week following the workout program that the strength & conditioning coaches, Colin and Evan, prepared for us. On June 20th 

I’m heading back to Kingston for the rest of my summer. For the guys training in Kingston, there is a 7 a.m. workout from Monday to Friday, and team practice late afternoon from  Monday to Thursday.

Men’s Soccer — Michael Chang, Senior OUA Midfielder

The main thing I'm doing to prepare for next season is focusing on staying on top of working out and conditioning. The OUA is a physically demanding league and it takes a lot of dedication to ensure my body is ready to compete and stay healthy. 

I am also focusing on some technical skills that I think could be improved, mainly my finishing. I want to be able to execute more with the opportunities I get in games.

The last thing I am doing is trying to work on is the mental side of my game, specifically my leadership skills. Being named co-captain is a huge honour and responsibility. When August comes around I want to be ready to lead this team and help give us the best chance of winning an OUA championship.

Women’s Volleyball — Danielle Corrigan, Senior Middle Blocker

I’m serving full time so I just get my lifts and runs in every morning before work, and then when I have extra time or a day off I try to get to a yoga class to stretch. I also go to physio to help with some chronic issues from this past season.

Football — Tyler Roy, Senior Defensive End

I’m personally emphasizing hip mobility and conditioning, which are things of concern from last season that I needed to improve. We do a lot of push and pull, explosive movements, and triple extension work for football, plus tempo runs for conditioning.

Men’s Basketball — Harry Range, Senior Forward 

Well, since I am in Toronto for the first time since I started playing at Queen’s, my training has been different this year. I have been working out at a local gym doing all of our lifts from the work out app Teambuildr. And I have been playing 

in a few men’s leagues around the city to try and get exposed to high level basketball. I’m 

focusing on being more of a scoring threat as we have graduated a lot of guys.

I feel good! We have taken a lot of steps to get to where we are. It’s important that we keep getting better every day and are never satisfied.

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