Mickey Marotti, the new assistant athletic director for sports performance for the Ohio State Buckeyes, is finding new ways to keep his players motivated and excited for offseason workouts.
The latest example came on Friday morning when he put the Buckeyes through the “Harley Davidson workout” in anticipation of spring football.
In a recent Q&A with ESPN.com, Marotti explained his reason for giving new workouts their special names.
“Yeah, we haven’t even done that one yet. I think it’s a fun way to motivate the guys. They get a kick out of that stuff. I always try to reference something as part of your workout. Obviously you’re doing it to become a better player. Obviously you’re doing it to become a better team. But that’s so far away, so you try to give them mini battles or mini goals. ‘OK, we’re going to do this workout. You’re either going to win it or you’ll lose it, you’ll either conquer it or you won’t.’ Sometimes this stuff gets hard,” Marotti said.
“You get to the end of February and you’re on Week 6 or 7, it gets really hard mentally and you’ve got to grind through it. These are just creative ways to get them through it a little bit more when they’re worn out and tired.”
As you would expect, with the Harley Davidson workout being held on Friday, there were plenty of videos to surface.
If you are like the rest of the world and don’t entirely understand what the workout could possibly consist of, well, the official Buckeyes Instagram account has you covered.
Check it out:
A video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Mar 4, 2016 at 5:15am PST
A video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Mar 4, 2016 at 5:34am PST
A video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Mar 4, 2016 at 5:28am PST
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