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

Kevin Underhill

1) What is your favourite offseason workout?

I like to do a combo of sprints and calisthenics, alternating pushups, squats, burpees and the like with sprints. I also dig hill sprints and running stairs. I want to get better in the weight room so I’ve been weight training this offseason as well. I take my offseason mental training pretty seriously too. I watch a lot of film and imagine playing O and D against rival players in our division.

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

I love to disc golf. A bunch of the guys on the squad get pretty competitive on the disc golf course. It’s a good time, especially if you come away with the W. We also like to rip board games. Anything we can compete at ends up being a pretty sick time.

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

I like to visually prepare on game day. It’s ideal if I can get out and throw or disc golf early on game day. I drink lots of water and typically have a pretty big breakfast and then a couple of smaller lunches before I head to the fields. I arrive nice and early so I can just bro with the fellas before we kick it into gear. One pre-game ritual I enjoy is toeing lines with Dre [Andre Gailits]. We work on our footwork and catching tough throws. It’s a nice thing to do a few minutes before the opening pull to get me in a good mood and work out the jitters.

Matt Berezan

1) What is your favourite offseason workout?

In the offseason I focus on building strength. For me my biggest issues are my back and hamstrings, so I focus on lifts that work on strength and stability such as squats, deadlifts and cleans.

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

Outside of practices, I try to get in one day of weights and one day of running as well as some throwing.

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

On game days I like to get to the stadium early and take my time to slowly get changed and warm-up. I find it helpful to be able to think about and visualize the upcoming game. Whether it’s match-ups I’m expecting or specific things I want to work on, this mental preparation before the game really helps me focus.

Andre Gailits

1) What is your favourite offseason workout?

In the offseason I do a lot of cross training to stay in shape. I like to play basketball, squash, and goaltimate. I also focus more on lifting and building muscles.

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

During the week I like to get out and throw as much as possible. You really can’t throw too much. I’ll also do some sort of running drill involving discs with some of the guys to stay fit and sharp with the disc.

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

On game day I like to make sure I’m drinking plenty of fluids and eating enough. I’ll always bring some food with me to the field and of course listen to some tunes to get pumped up.

The Nighthawks home season opens in Vancouver against the San Francisco Dogfish at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium on Easter Sunday, April 20.

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