Coronavirus Will End — Let’s Be Lacrosse Ready

Coronavirus Will End — Let’s Be Lacrosse Ready

Thirteen days in. I know it feels like we have been doing this forever, but we haven’t. And we won’t do it forever. After we beat this Corona Crisis, we are going to get back together and get on the field. Let’s make sure we are ready for that day.

I’m sure everyone has some stick drills to work on at home. But let’s not forget our strength and conditioning. 

Now that gyms are closed and we can’t workout together, we need to improvise, adapt, and overcome. Some of us are blessed to be home with plenty of exercise equipment, others, not so much. It’s time to get the folded laundry off of the treadmill and take the hangers off the elliptical. For those who don’t have any exercise equipment, I have a workout you might find helpful or interesting. 

Liza doing lacrosse training using a deck of cards as a training aid

Do a Deck

You can do this workout with or without your stick. However, this workout does require a deck of playing cards. It is a simple concept that keeps your workout fresh and even a little random. The idea is to let each suit (spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs) represent a different exercise and the number of the card represents the number of reps you do of that exercise. Face cards have a value of 10, aces are 11. I’ve chosen push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers. You can use any exercises you prefer. So, if you turn over a seven of spades you would do seven push-ups. A queen of clubs would be 10 mountain climbers.

You can do this alone or you can Skype/FaceTime a friend or teammate and do it together. You can do it indoors or out. All you need — in terms of space — is enough room to lie down. You don’t have to finish a whole deck of cards your first time out. It’s 105 reps of each exercise, which is a pretty good workout. If you limit your recovery time between reps, it can also be an aerobic workout. 

Crank up some tunes and shuffle your deck. It’s not exactly Poker Night with your friends, but it’s an opportunity to get some exercise and stay connected to your friends and teammates that doesn’t depend on the weather. Prepare now for when we get back on the field. Stay safe and healthy.

Lacrosse coaches Brian and Liza staying in shape and training using playing cards as prompts

About the Author

Kevin Meany is the head boys coach at Swax Lax Lacrosse and was a former goalie for Providence College. When he’s not coaching for Swax Lax Lacrosse, he’s the assistant coach for the Morristown-Beard varsity and middle school lacrosse teams in Morristown, New Jersey, and a contributor to the Swax Lax team where he keeps all of us laughing. Fun fact: Kevin coached Trevor Baptiste, PLL all-star, in high school.