The Washington Capitals held their first day of training camp on Friday and the most inspirational story of camp didn’t even involve a player.
Friday afternoon, after all three Capitals groups finished their respective practices, Barry Trotz made his way up to the team’s lectern and shared his observations with the media. As he spoke, Trotz showed off a new beard and a slimmed-down look.
According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the 55-year-old Trotz said he shed some pounds over the offseason.
Barry Trotz looks slimmer. Said he lost some weight this summer. pic.twitter.com/ffoQ8v7tAS
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 15, 2017
Trotz follows in the footsteps of another Washington area head coach who lost some weight this summer, Jay Gruden.
The Washington Post’s Jerry Brewer explains.
At the end of last season, Gruden weighed 241 pounds. On Monday, he reported proudly that he is down to 218. It’s the lightest he has been since 1991, when he was a 24-year-old, 215-pound quarterback starting his Arena Football League career with the Tampa Bay Storm.
“You want to know how I did it?” Gruden said, smiling. “You’re going to have to pay extra for that, man. You’re going to have to YouTube my video, and it’s going to cost you $39.95.”
Gruden went on to explain that his everyday aches and pains gave him motivation to change his diet, have better habits such as stop eating late at night, and exercise regularly.
“I did it because I was sore all over,” Gruden said. “My joints were sore. My ankle, my knee. I’ve had shoulder issues. And I’ve used that as an excuse for not working out or exercising. Then I lost an initial four pounds. I felt a lot better, and then I kept going. I started eating better, watching portion control, not eating late at night. And then the more I lost, the better my joints felt, so I was able to exercise more. It’s amazing.”
Whatever Trotz did to shed pounds, I’m sure many Capitals fans will be willing to pay $39.95 for his secret too.
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