13 Jan 19

2019-01-13 00:09:38 [ad_1] • Real Solutions Unlimited Corp. of Loveland won a $23,014 federal contract set aside for small business from the U.S. Army for VersaClimber cardio machines in Fort Benning, Ga. • A fully leased 16,923-square-foot retail center at 1612 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins sold Dec. 20 for $2.5 million. Country Club […]

29 Dec 18
Site Title

January is the busiest time of year for exercise equipment sales as well-fed consumers look to make good on their health-based New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re considering a home treadmill or elliptical, it might make sense to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. “January is usually a good time to buy treadmills and ellipticals, when prices are […]

20 Dec 18
Hansen Performance

If you’ve been training long enough, you’re probably pretty strong and packed on some serious muscle. Unfortunately, you’ve probably experienced a few injuries here and there as well, and there are usually some movements or training protocols that flare them up. I’ve had reconstructive surgery on both knees, a shoulder, and 10 on my hand, […]

27 Nov 18
The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

“I try to put myself in a mental state of, ‘How do I learn from that defeat? How do I learn from that loss?’” — LeBron James “Recovery never stops.” — Mike Mancias This episode represents the first time that LeBron James has been interviewed alongside his very below-the-radar, some might say top-secret, athletic trainer […]

06 Nov 18
Men's Journal
Over the last decade, Fox Sports analyst Troy Aikman has established himself as one of the top sports broadcasters working in the business. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and three-time Super Bowl champion was known for his focus and preparation when he was a player, and he’s brought that to his post-football career in the booth. Aikman originally started broadcasting games in NFL Europe, and later joined up with Joe Buck as part of Fox Sports’ “A-Team”, calling the top games on the network each week. Aikman’s experience as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback gives him unique insight into players and the action on the field, and that’s a main reason why he’s called five Super Bowls and earned an an Emmy Award nomination for his work along the way. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”How Mixed Martial Arts Training With Jay Glazer and MMA Legends Helped Get the Cleveland Browns Into Fighting Shape” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] This season, Aikman’s schedule has ramped up. Instead of just working the main “Game of the Week” on Fox on Sunday, Aikman and his broadcast partner Joe Buck are also broadcasting Thursday Night Football in the booth this season, along with the full team of Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink. His schedule has basically doubled, but Aikman hasn’t let the extra work affect his preparation. “It’s been interesting, the challenge of it. I think there was a little bit of reservation on my part to take on the Thursday night package, and how I would be able to prepare and feel like I went into each game with the same level of confidence and knowledge that I have in the years past,” Aikman tells Men’s Journal. “As it’s turned out, I haven’t felt going into a game that I haven’t been as prepared as I always have been. It’s been fun and it’s something different after mainly doing Sunday games for the first 17 years in the booth.” Aikman and Buck have some excellent games ahead on the schedule on Thursday Night Football, including the high-scoring New Orleans Saints visiting the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 13, and the Los Angeles Chargers playing MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Fox’s Thursday Night Football Pregame Show Comes New York City With a Strong NFL Schedule” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] “I’ve really enjoyed getting to see some teams and players we couldn’t normally see from working on the Thursday games,” Aikman says. “We have Kansas City in December, It’s our last Thursday night game. I’m excited about that one. I’ve texted with [Chiefs head coach] Andy Reid, and he loves Mahomes and says I will to. I think that’s pretty universal with everyone who’s met him. So, I’m looking forward to getting ready for that game and just seeing what they’re doing offensively. That’ll be one to watch.”   [jwplayer SEKyCJAk ]   (Check out the full Thursday Night Football schedule here.) Aikman spoke with Men’s Journal about balancing his new schedule, how he trains to stay in shape past 50, working with Joe Buck, and the stadium that every NFL fan should see a game in. Men’s Journal: What have you enjoyed about working the Thursday Night Football schedule for the first time? Troy Aikman: I’ve enjoyed taking it on and doing something different with having the only game in primetime on TV. I’ve been doing this for a long time and doing it on Sunday, which is great, but this has allowed me to see some teams that we simply just don’t get the chance to see on Sunday. We don’t usually have the Bengals, the Jets, the Ravens, those types of teams. We’ll get a Patriots game or Steelers sometimes, but this has allowed me to see players I don’t usually get to watch. What games have you called this year on Thursday have been most exciting for you? Here’s a good example of what can happen when you look at the schedule before the season and then it turns out differently than you’d expect. We had the Cleveland Browns and the Jets, and so you look at the schedule, the Browns were opening up against Pittsburgh, so you think they’re probably not going to beat Pittsburgh. But they end up tying them, then they take on the Saints and make a game out of that [Cleveland lost 21-18]. So they come in and play the Jets, and if the Browns were going to be what people thought they could be, then they should probably win that game. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Every Super Bowl Ever, Ranked From Worst to Best” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] So there was a buzz in the stands and on the field when I was down there before pre-game, and you could just feel the energy that that crowd really wanted to celebrate. They came ready to have a party ’cause it had been a long time since they had won a football game. Then, and you can’t predict how games will go, you get Baker Mayfield the No.1-overall pick come in off the bench and lead the team to a victory the way that he did, that was about as much fun as we’ve had in a long time doing a game. Any others? The next week after the Browns and Jets we had our first game on Fox for Thursday, and we had the Vikings and Rams. That high-scoring game was everything you ever hoped it would be. It was exciting to see the Rams after all the trades they put together in the offseason, and You have Jared Goff, who we’ve been able to watch develop and mature the way he has. Then, you also have a really good offense with Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, and it’s a really good offense with the Rams, and you think, this could maybe be a fun game. As it turned out, it was just an offensive assault, and so those have been the most fun games that we’ve had. Looking back on your career from now to when you first started this, what were some of your goals back then? How does it feel to reflect back now after your long career in the booth? I actually never really thought that I was going to do broadcasting when I was playing. I thought that Michael Irvin or Deion Sanders might, but back then, unlike now, this was not something that was thought of much for me back then. I had an opportunity and I went over to Europe and broadcasted a in NFL Europe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And later one of the executives with Fox said, “Hey, when you retire, if you wanna broadcast, we’ve got a job for you.”. And so I got to step right into the number two booth. Then the very next year, John Madden left, and it opened up the number one booth, and then Joe Buck and I, and Chris Collinsworth got paired together in 2002, and we were together for three years, and then Chris left for NBC and I’ve been with Joe ever since. When I first got into this, I really thought I’d do it for two or three years until I figured out exactly what I wanted to do, and then I’d go on to something else. I really never envisioned that 18 years later I’d still be broadcasting and doing what I’m doing, and it really is a great job and I enjoy it. To have the opportunity to do it as long as I’ve been doing it now and to work with Joe, who’s awesome, and my crew. I’ve had the same producer from day one. I’ve only worked for one producer since I’ve been in this business and we all get along. We all really like each other and I don’t know that that’s always the case. Joe and I, we’ve traveled together, we golf, we go on golf trips together. Our families are friends and so that part of it’s been really good too because a lot of times, broadcast partners, there’s such a difference in ages and interests and you know, all that, and I hear sometimes they just aren’t as good of friends as you might think that they are. But for us, we are. And so going to work and calling games is really enjoyable for both of us. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Photos: Troy Aikman Might Be in Better Shape Than Some Current NFL Players” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] What players and coaches have you enjoyed interacting with during your broadcasting career? I’ve been able to build relationships with guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as well Drew Brees. And with coaches like Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy, and Bill O’Brien and all these guys that just through the years. You just get to know them because you’re covering their teams and you’re covering their games and that’s been fun for me. If I weren’t broadcasting and I was watching Aaron Rodgers play for instance, I’d say “Wow, this guy’s really great. This guy’s fun to watch.” But I wouldn’t know him the way that I do now. I wouldn’t know the way in which he prepares, and his personality and all those types of things, so to be able to have relationships with these guys and really know the stars of the game today, that’s been fun. It’s been I guess one of the rewards, and one of the perks of doing this job and getting to stay involved with the NFL. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Sets the NFL All-Time Passing Yards Record” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] With your busy schedule, how do you find time to workout? What are some things you enjoy doing to stay in shape? I make sure I find time, and I’ll do something everyday. I do a cardio workout every day of the year, except, Sundays during football season. I like to run outside, but I only like running when it’s hot, so Texas is perfect for that in the summer. Most people are inside when it’s 100 degrees, but I’ll I run in the afternoons in the hottest part of the day. I also like to do spin classes and mostly those two things are what I do. I just started, probably a couple months ago, sprinkling in a VersaClimber class in Dallas studio that opened. I lift four days a week, and I’ve had a trainer that’s been training me now 13 years. I was five years away from playing and I had back issues when I played, and I was still having back issues, so I hired this guy, just happened to run into him, gave him a chance, and he really knew the body, the anatomy and everything else. And he’s made all the difference for me in the world. He completely changed my physique and then got me doing a lot of core work and it’s really helped my back. I’m essentially back pain free. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott on Training for Speed and Why He Loves Fishing ” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] As someone who has played in and broadcast in so many stadiums, are there some that you think fans should try and see a game in if they have the chance? There’s some iconic baseball stadiums we know, like Fenway Park, and Wrigley Field, but there’s not as much of that in football now. Lambeau Field in Green Bay certainly is. They did an amazing job of maintaining the history and integrity of the stadium when they’ve renovated it over the years. It’s just a special place. To be able to go to Lambeau and take in a game, it’s pretty remarkable. Soldier Field used to have that before the renovation. You have the feel and intimacy at Lambeau and I think fans should try and see a game there if they can. The other stadium, and people might say “Oh, he’s a former Dallas Cowboy he would say that,” but the Cowboys stadium, AT&T Stadium, there’s nothing like it. Even if you go to the bowels of the stadium, it’s so polished and pristine, and it’s an incredible stadium. There’s nothing quite like it. You’ve been able to travel to lots of different places in your playing career and now in the broadcast booth as well. What are some of the places that you’ve really enjoyed going to? Of the NFL cities, I like Palo Alto when we go and do a 49er’s game, so that’s a great spot. We used to stay in San Francisco, and it’s always great to go to San Francisco. I like being on the West Coast, I’m originally from California. So, now that L.A. has a team, I’m thrilled because I’m always looking for an excuse to come out here. Now we get to come out here and call some games from time to time, so that’s pretty cool. I love Chicago, and New York is awesome. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”” title=”Aaron Rodgers on Swimming With Sharks, Traveling to Africa, and Why the Packers Can Make a Playoff Run” target=”_blank” thumb=”false” imgsrc=”” inset=”true” format=”” subtitle=””] As far as places I’ve gone outside broadcasting, I’d always wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast, and so I got married right before the season started in 2017, so we weren’t able to go on our honeymoon. We went this past June and we went to the Amalfi Coast, so it was my first time to go and we had a great time. When I get an opportunity in the offseason to get to travel with my kids and now with my wife, it’s great to see some places that we otherwise wouldn’t get to go. So it’s pretty cool. Probably one of the best trips I’ve ever been on was I took my girls on a safari two years ago. We went to Botswana and it was fantastic, and I’m hoping to go back with my wife and I’ve got two stepsons now and really the whole family, I’d love to go back to do another safari in Africa with all of us.
29 Oct 18
My Wellness Journey

2 weeks, consistent Pilates 4x/wk balanced with regular routine for the past 2 weeks, I did Pilates about 4x/wk, in addition to my regular routine: 1x/wk: 20-30 min Peloton spin + 15-20 mins floor work (i.e., abs/glutes/arms) 1x/wk: 20-30 min Peloton running on the Versaclimber + 15-20 mins floor work 1x/wk: Barry’s Bootcamp 1x/wk: Flexfit bootcamp […]

30 Oct 18
Weight Loss Success Stories (How to Lose Weight FAST!)

50 Ways to Lose the Last 10 Pounds Read through the list below and pick out a handful you think you can commit to. By Dana Leigh Smith January 17, 2018 Trying to lose weight is a lot like cleaning out the basement: It’s overwhelming and near impossible to know where to start—even when you […]

23 Oct 18
Abs workout

No part of the body has been examined, marketed, debated, and otherwise obsessed over more than the abdominalsOpens a New Window. Pick any fitness debate regarding lifting, nutritionOpens a New Window., cardio, or recoveryOpens a New Window. and you’ll find people arguing about how to get six-pack absOpens a New Window. Therein lies the catch-22 about core training: The more you […]

19 Oct 18
My Wellness Journey

10/19 Felt bloated all week, ate things that I know make me feel bloated such as gluten and dairy, and while I went over my daily point value, I did better than the previous week. I also made sure I never ran out of fitness points, which were used after my weekly flex points were […]

18 Oct 18

The Tennessee duo represented the Vols with coach Rick Barnes at SEC basketball media days in Birmingham, Ala.

11 Oct 18
steel city sweats

ELEVATE: Taking your workout to new heights   Some would debate that Lawrenceville is the up and coming neighborhood in the city of Pittsburgh. From a fitness perspective, I would have to agree! On the edge of Butler Street, a relatively new (opened in 2017!) fitness studio is taking the PGH fitness market to new […]

10 Oct 18
The Undefeated
CHICAGO — Eighteen minutes in with no break, Billy Garrett Jr. finally looks gassed, wiping sweat from his brow while visible sweat stains mark the back of his shirt. Fatigue hits, but not hard like a Mike Tyson punch — more like a Floyd Mayweather Jr. jab. The NBA hopeful starts to cut corners during a cone drill, barely lifting his feet, which are adorned with “Chicago” edition Nike Hyperdunk Low sneakers complete with graffiti and “Chi” on the heel. When he has to dunk, he misses two in a row. Slightly hunched over, the 6-foot-6-inch guard places his hands inches above his knees. A professional athlete struggling through a workout is nothing to write home about, but special attention has always been paid to Garrett, 23. When he was born in 1994, he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease, a hereditary blood disorder that causes normally round and healthy red blood cells to mutate into crescent- or sickle-shaped cells that can either die altogether or stick to one another and disrupt the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Garrett has been running through more than a dozen drills at Quest Multisport gym since the morning, when barely any lights were on twinning the overcast weather. Joined by G League Westchester Knicks teammate Duje Dukan — with Minnesota Timberwolves guard and fellow Chicago son Derrick Rose running through a ladder drill one court over — the pair run baseline to baseline, catching and shooting midrange jumpers and 3-pointers until they make 10 apiece. In another drill, Garrett, wearing a blue Knicks shootaround T-shirt and black shorts so short they make the Showtime Lakers look like the Fab Five, dribbles forward with intermediate crossover dribbles as Dukan tosses another ball that Garrett has to deflect back while maintaining his dribble. After switching places, it’s back to the baseline, where they run from one side of the basket, dunk, run to the other side and back, dunk again and repeat, only replacing the dunks with 3-pointers on the next cycle. Trainer Basil Evelyn then places an orange cone down in front of the two, and each takes turns shuffling his feet 360 degrees around the cone, catching a pass and attempting a 3-pointer — so much movement before the shot is taken that they resemble enlarged Stephen Currys. After about half an hour, Garrett and Dukan finally get a break. Garrett sits down briefly and grabs a bottle of water. When asked if this morning’s workout will go over an hour, Evelyn deadpans: “He might die if he does all that.” It’s hard to tell how literal he’s being. [ornamentalrule] Anya Covington was a sophomore forward for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team during the 2009-10 season. After the team committed too many turnovers in one game, the players had to run extra suicides at the end of the next practice. Covington, one of the only female collegiate or pro athletes to disclose she had sickle cell trait, a less severe form of the disease, pushed her way through the drills without proper rest and hydration and subsequently passed out on the court. “I just remember tasting salt on my tongue, and kind of feeling like I was underwater because I was losing consciousness,” said Covington, now an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “I lost control of all my faculties, all my muscles, everything. “I did finish the conditioning. I had a pretty strong mental power. But I also almost killed myself trying to do that,” she said, laughing about it now. Now an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Anya Covington (center) played four years at Wisconsin. Months after Covington fainted on the court, and after a rash of sickle cell-related deaths of college football players in the early 2000s, the NCAA in 2010 required that all Division I athletes be screened for the sickle cell trait. There are roughly 100,000 Americans currently living with sickle cell disease, and African-Americans, who make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for most of the sickle cell disease population. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 out of every 365 black births results in a sickle cell disease diagnosis. Internationally, where more than 20 million people are affected, the disease occurs most often in areas affected by malaria; according to the World Health Organization, the African region accounts for nearly 90 percent of global cases of malaria. For those spared from the disease, there is still the threat of the sickle cell trait, which occurs when a person inherits the sickle cell gene from one parent instead of both. Both of Garrett’s parents have the trait, which gave him a 25 percent chance of inheriting the disease. For parents who both have the trait, there’s a 50 percent chance of their children inheriting just the trait as well. Between 1 million and 3 million Americans, and upward of 10 percent of all African-Americans have sickle cell trait. Most with the trait are asymptomatic, but under unique circumstances, including intense physical activity, high altitude and severe dehydration, normal red blood cells can become sickled, which means athletes are at higher risk of being affected. “It feels like a cramp, but imagine the cramp, but the bruise and the pain is shooting,” Garrett said. “It’s extremely, extremely painful.” For those with the disease, life expectancy can range from 42 to 68 years. Actor Larenz Tate and singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins are two of the more prominent celebrities who have the disease, while jazz musician Miles Davis, The Temptations member Paul Williams and, most recently, rapper Prodigy all died as a result of complications from sickle cell disease. The disease, also known as sickle cell anemia, can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild fatigue and infections to anemia and, most commonly, pain “crisis” that requires hospitalization. Garrett, who went undrafted out of DePaul in 2017, is the first publicly known NBA player to have sickle cell disease. Others have had the trait, including current Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and former forward Carlos Boozer, plus NFL players Tevin Coleman, Ty Montgomery and Geno Atkins. Former running back Tiki Barber is the only known NFL player to have the disease. Evelyn, 39, has trained Garrett since the latter was 16. The former Chicago State basketball player, short and stocky like an amateur wrestler, doesn’t train Garrett any differently from Dukan or his other NBA clients. Garrett, he says, is in better shape than most athletes, but he does monitor his water intake throughout the workouts. “I just treat it like any other illness that anybody can get,” Evelyn said. “Somebody can get food poisoning. I treat it the same way, because he’s never gotten sick [with me].” Billy Garrett played for the Westchester Knicks last season, averaging 11.9 points per game. To prevent the symptoms of the disease from affecting his playing career, Garrett said, he drinks a lot of water, sometimes with electrolyte packets (to “get some salt” in his body, he says), to stay hydrated. He’ll start the day with a bottle of water before his first workout, knowing it’s a “recipe for disaster” if he’s not properly hydrated. Dehydration can cause red blood cells to sickle, possibly leading to a crisis. But during his first workout, he took only a few sips of water for the entire hour. “I probably should have drank a little more,” he conceded. In the event he does trigger a crisis, the pain can be jarring. It can affect almost any part of the body, including head, legs, arms and spleen. “It’ll be a dull pain,” he said of a crisis, similar to being given a frog in the arm from someone punching you with their knuckle raised. “Your muscle tightens up and it feels like that to start. And then it gets worse and worse and worse and worse until the point where you can’t really walk.” Garrett’s personal doctor, Lewis Hsu, compared the pain to childbirth when speaking to Sports Illustrated in 2014. “It feels like a cramp, but imagine the cramp, but the bruise and the pain is shooting,” Garrett said. “It’s extremely, extremely painful.” For athletes with the disease or trait, it can be harder for them to get into playing shape and maintain. They have to, in essence, work twice as hard to get half as far, and it can feel as if they’re starting over every day. Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware comes from a family of those afflicted with sickle cell. Three of his grandmother’s children, including Ware’s mother, have the disease, while Ware, who had 1,368 yards from scrimmage in 2016 before missing all of last season with a torn posterior cruciate ligament, was diagnosed at birth with the trait. He finds it difficult to keep his legs under him. “Generally, my legs — of course that’s where I do the most of my work at — as much as all the training and the running and the eating and the maintenance on my body, it still finds a way to affect me a little bit,” he said. In 2016, John Brown, who has the trait, struggled with fatigue while playing for the Arizona Cardinals. For Baltimore Ravens receiver John Brown, who also has the trait, the pain got so bad during the 2016 and 2017 seasons he spent with the Arizona Cardinals (he missed seven total games) that he briefly considered retiring. “It got to the point where my legs was aching real bad, my whole body was aching,” Brown said. “I couldn’t lift weights. I couldn’t do nothing. I couldn’t run because I was being overworked.” The key to managing the trait and disease is to take preventive measures, including staying hydrated, getting proper rest and avoiding low oxygen levels or high altitudes, the latter of which caused former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark, who also has the trait, to lose his spleen and gallbladder after a 2007 game in Denver. Proper medical care is also essential, which makes it difficult for a disorder that mostly affects black people. Historically, compared with white Americans, African-Americans have been undertreated by medical practitioners when it comes to pain. There’s a long-held belief that black people have less sensitive nerve endings, thus making them less susceptible to pain. This can lead to race-based discriminatory treatment, if any treatment at all. (The uninsured rate for blacks, according to 2016 census data, is more than 10 percent higher than for non-Hispanic whites.) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, based on his size and perceived higher tolerance for pain, isn’t protected by referees the same as white quarterbacks. Tennis player Serena Williams’ 2017 pregnancy issues highlighted the disparate racial treatment of black women by medical care providers. (Sickle cell disease is ammo for race-based trolling: In 1972, Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron received a letter that read: “How about some sickle cell anemia, Hank?”) “Everything racially motivated, consciously or unconsciously, in this country, sickle cell falls right into that.” Lanetta Bronté, president and chief health officer of the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, said African-Americans with sickle cell have what she calls the “double whammy” blemish in the medical community and society at large of drug epidemic (think: “crack babies”) and race. There’s the stigma that sickle cell is a “black disease,” she said. “Everything racially motivated, consciously or unconsciously, in this country, sickle cell falls right into that.” She continued: “If there’s health care disparities in other diseases that impact minorities, sickle cell sort of has a double whammy: It’s a minority disease, and then they have the opioid, drug-addict tag. “There’s a whole culture that is not conducive to minority health needs in this country.” Brown, who signed with the Ravens this season and already has three touchdowns, wasn’t educated on the effects the trait could have on his life and career until injuries derailed his final two seasons with the Cardinals. “I wasn’t really brought the information. It wasn’t brought to me until the injuries started happening and they was trying to figure out what was what,” Brown said. Garrett, meanwhile, said a hospital in New Jersey reluctantly treated him during a crisis in the middle of his freshman season at DePaul because they didn’t understand his sickle cell diagnosis and thought he wanted to “swindle some pain meds.” “That can be a thing,” Garrett said. “Sometimes you’ll find sickle cell patients who struggle to get treatment just because the hospital says, ‘You were just here three weeks ago.’ It can get ugly.” The hospital ended up giving him pain medicine (hydromorphone hydrochloride) that was too strong and left him dehydrated and vomiting. “I’m in such bad shape. I’m disoriented,” he remembers of the day. “I don’t really know what’s going on. I was drugged, essentially. This whole time the pain is just increasing, increasing, increasing. It got bad.” It took being transferred to a sickle cell center for Garrett to be properly cared for. “It’s crazy to think about,” he said. “Somebody’s going to take time out of their day to go to a hospital and beg and plead for pain medication?” [ornamentalrule] Billy Garrett doesn’t see his disease as an obstacle to making it to the NBA one day. After finishing his workout at Quest, Garrett heads to P.R.O. (Perform. Realize. Obtain.) Sports and Fitness Academy, where he does his cardio and strength conditioning. Sandwiched between a Mexican restaurant and convenience store, P.R.O. is smaller than a typical training facility, maybe half the size of your local CrossFit gym. Inside, Garrett, along with Dukan and three other trainees, stretches on a patch of synthetic grass that sits behind a couple of power racks. He works with P.R.O. co-founder Derrick “D.B.” Baker on strength drills to help Garrett get leaner and more explosive. At the end of the workout, Garrett “cools down” with eight minutes on the VersaClimber, where he moves all four of his limbs up and down at the same time like Spider-Man scaling a New York high-rise. His goal is to hit 1,200 “steps” in the eight minutes. Body completely drenched in sweat, Garrett finishes with 1,100 steps. He’s asked, if it came down to a roster spot on the Knicks, whether he would push his body past the boundaries sickle cell disease has forced him to construct. He sends back a look as if he’s never considered the question. “I’d say I’d do what I need to do to make the team,” he said. “If it came down to that, your health’s always important, but I wouldn’t see it as an obstacle and I wouldn’t want a team to see it as a reason to not give me an opportunity.” Garrett has better managed the disease over the past few years. So well that he has trouble remembering when he had his last crisis. It was his junior season at DePaul in 2016. On second thought, it was his senior season. No, that’s not right either. He finally remembers it was last fall while training at UCLA, but it was, relatively speaking, a minor crisis; he only had to stay overnight because the wait time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles stretched over two hours and worsened the pain. (When he was younger, hospitalizations could last up to five days.) At times his diagnosis scares him, but the more he’s asked about the disease, the less it appears Garrett’s actually considered his own mortality. He rarely thinks about what the next 30 to 35 years of his life will entail, or whether he will even live that long. “I mean, if it is going to happen, there’s not really anything I can do about it. I don’t really think about it. I do what I do,” he said. “If that’s the case, and I start having complications at 45, 50, 55, I guess we’ll just have to deal with that when we get to it. But right now I’m healthy, so I don’t really know.” But he also has to consider others. Garrett eventually wants to have children. If a future partner has the sickle cell trait, there’s a 25 percent chance he’ll pass the disease along. “I gotta be precautious in deciding who it is I decide to have children with just because I wouldn’t want my kid to have to go through the sickle cell crisis and things like that at a young age.” Is it a deal breaker if his partner has the trait? “I would be reluctant, but if it’s somebody that I felt like I can’t be without, then I would go through with it.” For his third and final workout of the day, Garrett heads to his alma mater for a series of pickup games with the DePaul men’s basketball team. Months of training have prepared his body for this much daily work, especially with Knicks training camp around the corner. (On Oct. 4, the Knicks signed Garrett before releasing him the following day for G League salary purposes.) Through it all — the crossovers, jump shots, dunks, stair climbers — he somehow keeps a smile on his face. Even when he’s hunched over after a drill or resting from dead lifting or discussing his own future death, a large grin usually appears. “I play basketball for a living,” he says. “I don’t have any worries.”
05 Oct 18
City Women & co

October 05, 2018 at 09:05AM Tonight is the night pop icon Lady Gaga adds “big-deal actress” to her list of credits. In fact, she’s already the subject of Oscar buzz for her debut lead film role in A Star Is Born, alongside Bradley Cooper. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. Especially since, for this particular film’s fourth […]