Underneath all the bulky padding that Aaron Bold wears as starting goalie for the National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush, there’s one chiselled physique.
But what else would you expect from a pro athlete who moonlights as a personal trainer?
“That’s pretty much how it is,” Bold, 27, says of the razor-sharp condition he maintains year-round — not just for photo shoots.
Bold’s shirtless torso, from his barn-door shoulders to his abs of steel, is featured in the 2013 Edmonton Rush calendar.
Look for Bold’s glistening pecs and biceps in April (his birth month). Glistening?
“We had baby oil,” laughs the native of Victoria, B.C., who weighs 210 pounds at six-foot-two. “I did my own oil. I didn’t need anybody else to do my oil. I was good with that.”
And No. 77 is good with giving his teammates fitness advice whenever they ask him. But Bold, a.k.a. “Boldy,” points out that he’s not the only resident fitness expert on the team.
“(Rush defenseman Chris) Corbeil, he’s ripped, too. Me and him are probably some of the more in-shape guys,” he notes. “Corbeil’s a little bit more shredded. I’m a little bit stockier than him, maybe just broader shoulders, but he’s a little bit more ripped.”
Bold, who also has a background in nutrition and sports supplementation, has most recently been training clients at GoodLife Fitness in Mississauga, Ont.
But this season, his second with the Rush, Bold will be one of six team members living in Edmonton full-time — in stark contrast to many players in the league whose homes are a plane ride away.
While in Edmonton, Bold plans to do some personal training in his spare time.
Throughout the season, which begins Sunday (Jan. 13) at Rexall Place, the all-star netminder will be working out himself up to three times a week, focusing on sports-specific plyometrics, along with foot speed and agility work. He’ll also toss in some high-intensity interval training, such as 30-second sprints, as well as some strength training. It’s a mixture of anaerobic and aerobic exercise, which pays dividends during an explosive 60-minute lacrosse game.
“The players have got it a little bit harder than myself, but if we’re tired on defence and the opponents get offensive resets, I’m holding a squat sometimes for a minute and a half, jumping back and forth and moving all over the place,” he notes. “Sometimes, yeah, it’s pretty demanding. The only time I get a chance to relax is when our guys are on offence on the other end, but my head’s still in the game. I never lose sight of the ball. I’m always fixated on the ball.”
Those two-minute TV timeouts, which are called every five minutes, can come as a welcome relief, he admits.
Bold’s keys to fitness success include accountability, hard work, motivation, perseverence and a positive mindset. “The mind is a powerful tool,” he adds. The calendar boy hopes to open his own training studio one day soon. In the meantime, he recently completed his firefighter-related certification in Texas and is in the midst of applying to the fire departments in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
“The first one that snags me (is where) I’m going to go,” he says.
Bold already has a leg up on other firefighter applicants. He’s got calendar experience.
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