Penn State coach James Franklin is locked up with his family in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as are millions of other Americans.
And like him, like the rest of us, quickly discovered, training while at home can be a challenge, especially with someone dominating the community gymnasium at their condo complex.
Although Franklin may share the gymnasium with others, he chooses not to.
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Not only is he a bit germaphobic, but his youngest daughter has sickle cell anemia, which greatly increases his risk of getting coronavirus.
So after days of frustration that couldn’t work, Franklin took charge.
“We will not go to the weight room with other people there,” Franklin said on Wednesday through the York Daily Record. “And so I took the 25 pounds [dumbbells] and brought them to our condo because I couldn’t get in. A guy dominated the weighing room. ”
Although the move solved Franklin’s problem, it was not suitable for the frequent visitor to the gymnasium.
“He left an unpleasant note in there,” said Franklin, via the York Daily Record. “He said,” Anyone who stole the 25-pound weights, could you bring them back? “So I wrote a little note that said,” Well, could you stop dominating the weighing room for three hours a day? “”
When he’s not exercising in his condo or stealing training equipment, Franklin has worked with his staff to ensure that every Penn State player is both safe and in good condition during the coronavirus pandemic – which canceled spring football workouts and forced all university courses to go online.
Franklin, who is entering his seventh year at Penn State while posting an impressive 56-23 record with the Nittany Lions, also sent them home training ideas. They even suggest bodyweight workouts where players wear backpacks carrying whatever they can find to increase resistance, the report said.
Although it’s on everyone’s mind, there’s one more college football season to prepare. And Franklin wants to be ready
“We are still in competition with all the other best programs in the country, and the best programs and the best individuals will deal with this adversity as well as possible,” Franklin said via the York Daily Record. “And I would even try to flip it over in a certain way and say, if it is managed properly, we have the opportunity to learn from it, to grow from it. ”