BANGOR – If pulling a tree branch covered in wet, heavy snow down and letting it lift you off your feet into the air isn’t the most Maine thing you’ve heard of, then I don’t know what is.
“I grabbed this tree and I’m going to shake the snow off it. My arms are burning a little bit I’m shaking it and I notice that the resistance is pretty good. So I go okay and I go up and I jump a little bit and it pulled me up off the ground and I’m like hey this is an assisted jump,” University of Maine Director of Sports Performance, Jon Lynch, said.
Lynch has created a YouTube page full of workouts for his athletes.
“You know obviously as a strength coach or any type of exercise professional it’s constantly what my mind is thinking about so it could evolve even more and it certainly could expand,” he said,
What you see are exercises that train the body, but they also feed the mind.
“It’s just something to help their (UMaine athletes) mental health and really take up some of their time because the routine they have when they’re at school is so condensed it’s so thick and now they just kind of have all that time to themselves,” Lynch said.
Without a proper gym and resources, it’s hard to get into a routine, but Lynch is all about making the adjustment.
“The great ones adjust and that’s a quote from Boyd Epley who was one of the first strength coaches in the country with Nebraska football way back in 60s. That kind of rubbed off on me so the great ones adjust and when we hit adversity that just makes us better,” Lynch said.
If you’d like to view Lynch’s YouTube page click here.