ODU strength coach Eric Potter trains Monarch athletes from home

Posted at 10:32 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 01:43:12-04

NORFOLK, Va. - If you're looking for some inspiration for home workouts you can do during the coronavirus pandemic, look no further than the Twitter page of Old Dominion Director of Sports Performance (Olympics) Eric Potter.

The Monarch strength coach consistently posts workout videos, instructions and meal plans to Twitter, and posts videos of workouts that include his daughter.

“I was trying to keep it creative and let the athletes know that you can try to find other solutions to doing things. My daughter, when I'm doing workouts, wants to be involved with everything," Potter said. "Hopefully it provided some creativity for athletes, and also some happiness to see that and get a good mood, and it draws them to maybe workout more.”

As Potter works from home, the Monarchs athletics department utilizes the TeamBuildr app, which is used to write training programs and access athlete performance data. He also checks in with each athlete at least once per week.

“The biggest thing is getting athletes to stay active and keep them on a training program," Potter said. "We wanted to make it to where they feel like they’re accomplishing something while they're at home.

"Athletes, they want to be told what to do. Their whole careers they have study hall this time, practices this time, lifts this time, so I think athletes as a whole like to be given a platform and given a workout they need to do each day."