Being that I live in Kansas City — a town that’s obsessed with its sports teams — I’m a sports fan. And when you’re a Kansas City sports fan, there are a few athletes from this area who are pretty much worshiped. George Brett … Tom Watson … Buck O’Neil. And Will Shields.
We Kansas-Citians love athletes who call KC home for the long-term, and Will Shields, former Chiefs All-Pro offensive guard, is certainly that. He played his entire professional career with the Chiefs, and he never missed a game in 14 seasons. Shields even has his own health club here in town! (In fact, it’s there that I had physical therapy done years ago for that ironic injury.)
At 68’s Inside Sports, Shields is training everyday people and athletes with the same cutting-edge equipment that more than half of the pro teams are using. The club is using the VertiMax, a resistance-training machine that allows athletes to simultaneously improve their explosive speed and vertical jump. The secret to the VertiMax is its ability to be used by players of all levels, in virtually any sport, to give athletes a competitive advantage on the field. (See it in action here.)
We thought that for Fit Bottomed Dudes’ Week it would be awesome to talk to Shields about the cool new equipment they’re using and why — plus pick his brain on what keeps him motivated and fit!
Q&A With Chiefs All-Pro Will Shields
How long have you been using the VertiMax at your club and why do you find it to be great for training? We have been using the VertiMax for more than three years. The VertiMax gives us options to change and add new elements to a person’s workout. It gives us that opportunity to get our athletes ahead of the competition.
What does it do best and what type of person would you recommend it for? We can use the VertiMax to build the power in an athlete. We use our VertiMax for youth power builders, boxers — and even some moms use it when they are preparing for all kinds of training events.
What’s your favorite move on it? I like to sit the VertiMax on end and use it for pass protection.
What’s it like going from training for the NFL season to just working out to be healthy? It’s a hard transition. You’re working out to make a living to working out to live. I had to take a few years to transition.
You never missed a single game in your NFL career. What do you credit that to? I think that it comes from luck, preparation and a great set of trainers.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “The day that we saw you could play we were looking for a guy just like you to replace you.”
What’s the best piece of advice that you can give others to be healthy and fit? Health starts from within.
Amen to that! Now, who wants to go check out the VertiMax with us? —Jenn