With no time to waste, football coach directs player workouts from home

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VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — With schools and gyms closed because of the pandemic, student athletes have limited options to train. But one high school football coach is getting creative in preparing his team for the fall.

“Football season is right around the corner and we have a plan to get bigger, faster, stronger,” William Byrd head coach Brad Lutz said. “That’s part of every routine for a football team this time of year. But now it’s got a different spin on it.”

Lutz is still coaching his football team, but from a distance. He’s keeping his players active both physically and mentally.

“At this point, everybody just feels alone,” Lutz said. “We’re not having a lot of opportunities to get together. One of the greatest things about sports is the teamwork involved and the team atmosphere. Right now, we’re a team but we’re all separated.”

Since schools shut down in mid-March, Lutz has been providing his players with home workouts.

“We’ve gotten some body workouts and some of our kids have access to free weights at their own home so they’ve been taking advantage of that,” Lutz said. “But the main thing is just getting outside and in the air, getting some running in and get some jumps in.”

But these workouts aren’t limited to just your typical push-ups and sit-ups.

“Your handcleans, your power cleans, your deadlifts, your squats and your bench,” Lutz said. “A lot of those kids have stayed the course of that, including my own son here at home.”

Lutz and his son, Bryson, built their own equipment in the garage, taking home workouts to a new level.

The younger Lutz acknowledged that it was tough to find the motivation for home workouts at first.

“But it’s nice knowing that your teammates are doing the same thing,” Bryson Lutz said. “It keeps you going. It’s been pretty good. A lot better than I thought it would be. It’s nice having the weights and not just have to do body weight stuff.”

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