A Brief Intro with Noah
I met Dylan a long time ago. As lifetime friends, we grew up in constant inconsistent contact, and all through that time, he was never far from a soccer ball or the next game. He devoted his soul to his past time, and it took me, the not-so inspired semi-competitive computer gamer, years to finally understand why? Why do so much for a game? Dylan’s story inspired me for several reasons. First, he is a model example of what I believe to be mind over impossible odds. Football (or soccer to us stubborn Americans) is a multi-billion dollar industry that has made fortunes and celebrity personalities so extreme, and so publicly recognizable, that there is hardly a child anywhere in the world who doesn’t at least see or hear the images of the best players. Like hebrew story of David taking on Goliath, Dylan found his own unique way to conquer his personal “giant”. It’s the persistence, and the willingness to make the hard choices for the sake of your goals and dreams that show real strength, and Dylan has shown it to the world. Real Jungle Humans are everywhere. They walk among us like quiet pillars, but they always seem one step beyond, with an eye on the future while they push the limits of the present. I hope the stories of these incredible people, like Dylan, help you understand that all of us can all find our own jungle strength. Please enjoy.
The Kid Who Turned Down The Money
For me the biggest challenge in pursuing a professional soccer career is getting noticed by the right coaches/scouts. In the United States, if you didn’t go to a high level D1 college, UNC, Stanford etc, you usually get overlooked coming right out of college. So as I approached graduation, and didn’t garner much interest, I constantly doubted myself and the possibility of getting a professional contract. As I weighed my options, which were to take the investment job I was offered at JP Morgan in Midtown Manhattan, 401k, benefits, steady salary, or venture down a path of uncertainty and very possible failure, I eventually chose the latter.
I respected the job opportunity that was on the table and all that would take it, but I realized that I didn’t want to be caught doing something I didn’t love, I wanted to be the the kid that turned down the guaranteed check for his dreams and happiness as cliche as it may sound. I played on two amateur level teams, spent hundreds of dollars on combines (tryouts in front of scouts) and consistently questioned my decision, as coaches and scouts expressed disinterest. This past summer was the most difficult period of my life. Without going into too much detail, I lost my oldest and closest friend, I was just graduating college and experiencing the common feelings of uncertainty in ‘the real life’, and consistently facing rejection in my football pursuits. This is what helped me the most ;
Visualization and writing down goals in the belief of their manifestation. I wrote down many goals, some vague, some exact, and I keep them all in a notebook that I take with me. Following my dreams, impressing in my amateur league games and at combines that I attended were just a couple of the goals I tried to make tangible. I also wrote down that I would have a professional contract by this upcoming spring (spring of 2017) which I now have. I impressed at a combine with a fantastic company named SoccerViza, which helps unrecognized talent reach professional opportunities across the world, and am now days away from venturing to Australia. I don’t feel that I have “made it” so I hope this doesn’t come off as a success story. I have just hit my first major goal. I have many smaller ones to reach and many larger ones to accomplish. I write these down and visualize their development as best I can and will continue to do so.
Dylan’s On & Off-Season Workouts
I’d hate to run off to Tasmania without at least giving you guys a little project to enjoy, so here are two of my go-to workout routines. For me there is definitely a difference for out of season and in season workouts in terms of lifting. In-season I have less time/energy to be lifting daily so I try to hit 2-3 full body workouts during a week to maintain tone, size and strength. Out of season, I ultimately focus on building up strength with a bit of mass (but definitely strength focused). I’ll usually follow a routine that circles around muscle isolation but also is constantly hitting a full body exercises. I love high intensity workouts, circuits and supersets in order to raise my heart-rate and keep me ready to preform year round.
Out of Season- This is a workout I helped create with a personal trainer buddy of mine and with the help of some online forums focusing on upper shoulders, chest and a bit of tricep work, as well as abs at the end. Be Warned: This is an advanced workout, which means the amount of sets and reps are going to be a massive, potentially dangerous challenge for a beginner. Know your limits, and reduce all the number values below by 30% and round up (except for the cardio circuits and biking). Those will be your numbers.
Upper and ABS
Split Squat 5x
Incline Dumbbell Bench x6
Front raises x25
Ab wheel x25
Weighted crunch x25.
Dumbbell flys x15
Reverse Grip Dumbbell Press x 10
Toes to bar 12*
Hanging knee ups x20
30/:15 circuit (4x)
- bench dips
- Decline push-ups
- D-wades (I saw Dwayne Wade do this on his instagram, basically a version of push press with a landmine barbell)
In Season- This is a workout for an in-season lifestyle. We work hard, but again less frequently to not overwork ourselves. One of the biggest killers for new or amateur athletes, and steals your strength. Remember to observe balance as you create any type of schedule, your body and mind will thank you.
-Jog/Bike 5 min each
Split Squat 3x5 (3 second negative)
Bike a Mile to stay loose
Split Squat (Superset)
30seconds-30seconds-30rest x 4
Single Leg Standups
Power cleans 4x 6-8
Split Squat 4x
Tricep Rope Pull Downs
Weighted pull down crunches x30
Decline sit ups x20
Leg Raises x10
3 minute burnout - basically 3 minutes of interchangeable body weight ab exercises (situps, planks, toe touches, v-ups etc.)***
As with all other things, workouts are only as effective as they are practiced, and practice will always make things better. Work hard, visualize your goal, and seize the day. Until next time,
Launceston City FC