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 15. Carmelo Anthony: 6’8, 240 lbs
14 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.
13 13. Chris Kaman: 7’0, 265 lbs
12 12. Zach Randolph: 6’9, 260 lbs
11 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.
10 10. Kendrick Perkins: 6’10, 270 lbs
9 9. Ben Roethlisberger: 6’4, 250 lbs
8 8. Pablo Sandoval: 5’11, 255 lbs
7 7. Mike Tolbert: 5’9, 250 lbs
6 6. King Dunlap: 6'9, 330 lbs
5 5. Prince Fielder: 5’11, 275 lbs
4 4. Vince Wilfork: 6’2, 325 lbs
3 3. C.C. Sabathia: 6’6, 300 lbs
2 2. Bartolo Colon: 5’11, 285 lbs
1 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.
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