The first day of January has always been a time of every year where millions of people around the world make a resolution. The New Year’s resolution is often times broken, but some are strong willed enough to complete their resolutions. Setting fitness goals is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Gyms all across the U.S. begin filling up with people who made these fitness related resolutions, and most only last the first month trying to achieve their resolution. While trying to accomplish these fitness goals, most are attempting to be ready for beach season.
The first official day of summer is June 20th, but beach season usually begins before the start of summer. For most athletes working out is routine, and helps them lengthen their careers in their respective sport. Basketball requires a lot of cardiovascular endurance. Baseball players need to work on their cardiovascular endurance, and it is not a bad idea to strength train a little bit as well. Football players need a lot of lean muscle so strength training is a key element of their training. Some athletes do not work on their fitness nearly as much as they should.
There is an alarming amount of athletes that come off as out of shape. The fans watching at home should see players that worked extremely hard at their craft, and kept a good physique in order to continually play to the best of their abilities. In baseball we see out of shape players more than any other sport. In the NFL we typically see linemen who do not pay close attention to their diets, and in the NBA we frequently see aging veterans who put on extra pounds of fat towards the end of their careers.
With summer coming up, as does beach season. Here are 15 athletes who clearly aren't ready for beach season.
15 Carmelo Anthony: 6’8, 240 lbs
The New York Knicks play Carmelo Anthony at the small forward position, but all around the league more teams have started to play small ball. This often times makes it so that Anthony has to guard much quicker players. Anthony has failed to take his weight down in order to be more productive on the defensive side of the ball. He is not as bad as James Harden defensively, but his effort on defense is not far behind Harden's. If Carmelo took better care of his body, his team would benefit because he would be less injury prone and better defensively.
14 Drew Gooden: 6’10, 250 lbs
Drew Gooden has been an average to below average NBA player during his 13 years in the league. He is another example of the often noticeable trend of older players packing on a couple extra pounds towards the tail end of a long career. Drew Gooden was the 4th pick in the 2002 NBA draft, and is considered a bust because of his lack of production for a top 5 draft pick.
Drew Gooden isn’t necessarily fat, but it is obvious that he does not have the motor that he once had earlier on in his career. His lack of playing time probably has not motivated him too much to rebuild his physique to that of his earlier days in the league.
13 Chris Kaman: 7’0, 265 lbs
Chris Kaman is not as active as he used to be, and spends most of his time riding the Portland Trailblazers bench. At 265 pounds, Kaman is one of the heaviest players currently on an NBA roster. Early on in his career, Kaman was an extremely productive player, even being selected to the all-star game in 2010. Most old NBA players start to lose their conditioning once they get deep into their NBA employment, and it is difficult to log extensive amounts of minutes each and every game. Chris Kaman is definitely not ready for beach season, and may have reached the end of the road of his NBA career.
12 Zach Randolph: 6’9, 260 lbs
Zach Randolph has been in the league for 14 years, and after 14 years in the NBA he is still a beast. He is one of the most ferocious rebounders at age 34. Athleticism has never been a staple of Randolph’s game, and it is very visible that he does not spend a lot of time training his cardiovascular system. The slow pace of play that he plays with helps him get through games, and he knows when to adapt in games the amount of energy he is using. It will be interesting to see if Zach Randolph begins to cut his body fat or like the majority of older NBA players do, gain it.
11 David Ortiz: 6’3, 230 lbs
David Ortiz has been in the MLB since 1999, but despite being a professional athlete for such a long span he has failed to ever give off the impression that he is in shape. The Red Sox in 2011, collapsed at the end of the season. It was later known that fried chicken and beer may have played a part in the collapse because of its prevalence in the Red Sox clubhouse.
David Ortiz's blood pressure was also supposedly high during the 2011 season, and it certainly can be related to the chicken and beer in the clubhouse. Ortiz, despite not being prepared for beach season has still put together a hall of fame career.
10 Kendrick Perkins: 6’10, 270 lbs
There is no doubt that Kendrick Perkins is big, but he is certainly not all muscle. Perkins has never been a lean player since he entered the NBA 12 years ago, but his lack of agility may have caused his weaknesses to be frequently on display. That weakness was offense in general, and it is hard to survive in the NBA without an offensive game. If Perkins kept his weight down and got ready for beach season he could have developed better post moves. Better post moves would have made it easier for Perkins to score in the paint, because we know regardless of his weight he could not shoot the basketball efficiently.
9 Ben Roethlisberger: 6’4, 250 lbs
It is debatable whether Ben Roethlisberger is really obese or not, but there is no doubting he is the biggest quarterback currently starting in the NFL. Roethlisberger does have a burger named after him, and he does play his home games at Heinz Field, so perhaps there is a correlation between the two. Perhaps this correlation has something to do with Big Ben’s massive size. Injuries have started to affect Roethlisberger’s ability to stay on the field. It could greatly benefit Big Ben to trim down, and this may allow him to avoid the injury bug more often in the future.
8 Pablo Sandoval: 5’11, 255 lbs
The kung fu panda Pablo Sandoval has always been almost an oddity in sports. He has been an extremely productive player in his eight years with the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox. He has won multiple World Series and has a career batting average of .287. Due to injury, Sandoval may miss the rest of the 2016 MLB season, and his stature may have something to do with his injury troubles. Sandoval looked more non athletic than ever coming into spring training this year. Due to a lack of discipline in keeping himself in shape, Sandoval has only registered six at bats this season.
7 Mike Tolbert: 5’9, 250 lbs
He is very short in height, but what Mike Tolbert lacks in height he more than makes up for in weight. The fullback is a dying breed in the NFL, but Tolbert still played an important role for the 2015 NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. When on the goal line Mike Tolbert is ferocious, and more often than not he finds himself celebrating a touchdown. His weight and unpreparedness for beach season have prevented him from ever being a feature back in the NFL. Mike Tolbert has played close to a decade in the NFL so thinning down may not do him much good.
6 6. King Dunlap: 6'9, 330 lbs
King Dunlap began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup, and through his nine seasons he has ascended from backup to starting tackle in the NFL. With a name like King it would almost be a contradiction for him not to be fat. His play as a starting tackle for the San Diego Chargers has been average to below average. Many thought the Chargers were going to draft his replacement with the third pick in the 2016 NFL draft, but they ended up passing on a tackle in favor of a defensive end. At 330 lbs King Dunlap seems destined for an endorsement deal with Burger King.
5 Prince Fielder: 5’11, 275 lbs
Prince Fielder is known for his powerful home runs he has hit throughout his 12 year career, but not so much for keeping his body mass index low. Not tracking body fat may have finally caught up to Fielder’s performance on the field. The 2016 MLB season has been a struggle so far for Prince Fielder, and he is batting below the mendoza line (.200) into mid-May. This sluggish start for Prince Fielder may have been avoided if he just prepared for beach season, but all jokes aside it would not surprise anyone if he ended the year with a high batting average and home run total.
4 Vince Wilfork: 6’2, 325 lbs
Vince Wilfork is one of the biggest defensive tackles in the league. He also boasts one of the largest guts of any player in the league, but he still is quite productive despite his heavy stature. Playing 13 years in the NFL is no easy feat. Wilfork was a member of the New England Patriots for many years, and now has found a new NFL home with the Houston Texans under former patriots coach Bill O’Brien. The 22 tackles Wilfork registered was a career low throughout the course of a full season, and maybe if he improved his fitness regimen he would be ready for next football season and next beach season.
3 C.C. Sabathia: 6’6, 300 lbs
CC Sabathia has had a successful 16 year career in the major leagues, but he has always been big. He has devoured hitters away with nasty pitches, and has also devoured a lot of captain crunch throughout his tenure in the MLB. Sadly Sabathia struggled a bit with alcoholism last year. This obviously did not help make his body any leaner, but he realized the problem and got the help he needed. Hopefully he's able to turn things around one day.
2 Bartolo Colon: 5’11, 285 lbs
Bartolo “cheeseburger” Colon has not been ready for beach season for quite some time now. He hit his first home run of his career this year at the age of 42, and after hitting the home run, Colon may have needed a pinch runner to make the home run trot around the bases. Colon has revived his career with the New York Mets in recent years. He helped the team reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, and has begun the 2016 season pitching well with a 2.82 era in six games. Early on during Bartolo Colon's starts, it is not unlikely to see him sweating profusely in the first or second inning.
1 Dontari Poe: 6’3, 346 lbs
The scariest aspect of Dontari Poe’s game is that he is not only huge, but he also has great speed for a nose tackle at his size. At 346 pounds, Poe is one of the most physical specimens in the NFL today. He has played five seasons in the NFL so far, and it could benefit him to lose a couple pounds in order to prolong his NFL career. He had a decent 2015 season racking up 39 tackles and 1 sack. Although he has not slowed down much, slimming down may be what is best for Dontari Poe in the long run.