With the COVID-19 outbreak sending NCAA athletes home for the foreseeable future, the North Carolina football team is turning to makeshift at-home equipment for optional team workouts.
Zoom calls, stuffing backpacks with books and using water jugs as dumbbells may not be the first images that come to mind when thinking of a UNC football player’s weight lifting regimen, but North Carolina strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess has had to be creative in a time where social distancing mandates have forced most gyms to close their doors.
Hess said Monday in a virtual press conference that athletes who choose to take place in the workouts meet multiple times a week on a Zoom call, where he leads them through a strength and conditioning workout that is continuously evolving.
“We have a program for those that have no gym, and with that we just get a backpack and make it as heavy as you can,” Hess said. “We’re going through and treating the 'No weight room' lift, because that’s the majority of our guys right now, and we’re taking that one as the team lift.”
Hess said that the routine takes place all at the same time, where every player that decides to participate in the day’s workout joins a Zoom call and goes through the conditioning as a group.