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This is the last installment of the preseason series where we ask Vancouver Nighthawks players how they keep in shape away from games and practices.

Mark Leduc | Offensive Cutter

1) What is your favourite offseason workout?

I enjoy training with personal trainer (and former Nighthawk) Mike Aizawa. I bulk up early in the off-season, putting on an extra 20-25 pounds, most of it being upper body mass that I end up shedding for the season to stay fast. I do lots of dead-lifts, cleans, presses, squats, etc.

From January until the start of the season, I pretty much lay off the upper body workouts and focus on my legs and cardio. I love ladders. Two hours of just ladders is fun.

Also, I try to get in a lot of golf in the off-season.

2) What do you do during the week aside from games and practices?

I still get in one workout a week, but a lot of it is lightweight stuff, an overall body workout. I also try to roll out and hit the hot tub once a week to stay loose.

3) What do you do on game day to get ready to play?

It’s pretty much a regular day at the office for me; normal wake up time, normal meals, normal everything really. Last year on lots of home game days, I would actually work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., then show up and play. If I do anything different, it’s just listening to some pump-up music on my way to the stadium.

Like I said, it’s really just another day at the office for me.

Peter Yu | Defensive Handler

1) What is your favourite off-season workout?

Shuttles! Whether it’s basketball suicides or doing shuttles between cones eight metres apart for 30 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 10, I do them to work on my change of direction and acceleration. They make me feel terrible afterwards but that’s why I like them so much.

2) What do you do during the week aside from games and practices?

I try to hit the gym three times a week with my UBC teammate Sascha Lo. We do bench press, squats, and dead-lifts mostly with other stuff on the side. I’m a pretty small dude so I have to be strong enough to absorb all the contact from other players. I also play in the Vancouver Ultimate League on the side with buddies, mostly to work on my throws and to remind myself how much I love playing ultimate.

3) What do you do on game day to get ready to play?

I watch three YouTube videos on repeat before the game: Why Do We Fall; Kobe Bryant Vindicated part 1; and Coach Carter Our Deepest Fear. Physically, I know I’ve practiced hard beforehand and as long as I’m mentally prepared and motivated, my game will flow through.

Jordan Tessarolo | Offensive Cutter

1) What is your favourite offseason workout?

I invested in a nice road bike a couple years ago so I try to get on that when I can. It can be a great leg and cardio workout, especially if you do sprints or hill climbs (maybe together if you are feeling ambitious). Best of all, it is low impact.

2) What do you do during the week aside from games and practices?

I am a graduate student at SFU so I spend quite a bit of my time in my lab doing research. Outside of school and ultimate/training I enjoy playing guitar and bridge.

3) What do you do on game day to get ready to play?

Nothing really special at all. I sleep in and do some light stretching when I manage to get up. I’ll watch some game footage of our opponents and have a big pasta dinner about 3 hours before game time.

After their first game of the season against the Portland Stags this Saturday, April 12, the Nighthawks home season opens in Vancouver against the San Francisco Dogfish at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Stadium on Easter Sunday, April 20.

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