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54 Laps in the Blazing Heat

Back in the summer of 2003, I was interning with Rutgers Strength and Conditioning.

It was a wild summer to say the least.

One of the most memorable things was when the team had to do their practice round of 110’s.

You see, before training camp began, the player had to complete eighteen 110’s with a minimal amount of rest and in a certain time frame depending on their position.

It was the Thursday heading into Fourth of July weekend when JB, who’s become a very good friend since and is now once again the Head Strength Coach at Rutgers, wanted me to film the end line so he could evaluate if each player was making it on time.

Well, the thing was, this was long before the fancy smartphones we now have. Which meant that I had to use one of those old school, 30 pound tv cameras.

And, I only had a certain amount of time to make it down to the other end of the field before the next rep began.

While the players 'only’ had to do 18 reps each, being that there were 3 groups, I had to do a total of fifty-four 110’s, with the 30 pound camera on the hottest day of the year.

I was wiped, but I didn’t give up. JB was always evaluating me to see if I had what it took.

Funny thing was, the players gave me a standing ovation at the end, they couldn’t believe it.

You never know when you’re in the midst of making a lifelong memorable moment.

Be unconventional - Kyle Newell

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