The Chattanooga Football Club’s NISA season may be postponed, but their players still train like they are fighting for a playoff spot. Managing director Jeremy Alumbaugh detailed the kind of training regimen the staff has laid out for each athlete.
During the past week, players were asked to simply stay active. For some, that might mean going for a hike, while for others they might jog in a park.
Alumbaugh said the goal was to allow players’ bodies to recuperate and get ready for a week of more intensive training.
“Starting this next week on Monday, our technical staff will host a Zoom meeting with all of the players,” said Alumbaugh during a Saturday phone interview. “We’ll walk through individual workouts players can do that are within the CDC guidelines. They can’t go to a gym or fitness center, so these are all things they can do while they’re home or outdoors in a place like a park.”
The managing director said that while the team is hoping to get small groups of fewer than 10 together by April 5, he said that may not be possible. He expressed trust in CFC’s players staying dedicated to the plan the team staff will lay out.
“These guys are pros and this is their job and how they make a living, so we don’t need them to text us to say “Hey, I just finished my workout” or whatever,” said Alumbaugh. “These aren’t kids, these are professionals.”
Alumbaugh and the staff are doing more than just giving out orders though. They understand players are going through tough times and that some of them are away from their families, and that the club wants to support them during this time.
“So it’s more so just staying in touch with them and making sure they’re doing OK as humans,” said Alumbaugh. “Some of them have loved ones around the world or are away from home, and some of them have their own families in Chattanooga with them. So we’re just checking in on them to make sure if there’s any way we can help.”