The day is bright and beautiful as I make my way to work in the morning. I consider my self blessed to be in such a great mood heading to work……..I absolutely love my job. I am the off season trainer for the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dion Phaneuf, and it is his private gym that I am headed to.
As I make my way into the room he had built to keep his competitive edge, I am greeted by all the familiar faces. Darryl Boyce, once a Leaf and now playing overseas is there. He is a personal friend of the captain’s and attends all the workouts. Elisha Cuthbert the beloved Canadian actress is also present. She is the long time girlfriend and soon to be wife of the captain. And of course the big man himself, Dion Phaneuf, or as I sometimes call him DP3 or Big “D”, is present and ready to go.
The mood is light and idle chit chat is exchanged as we ready ourselves for the task at hand. I say “we” because although I am leading the workout Dion requires his trainer to train along side him…….there is no clipboard holding here, everyone must work……..I love it.
We start, the idle chit chat is now replaced by the throbbing music and work has begun. The big man attacks every set with maximun intensity. Amazingly agile for his large stature he quickly adapts to every workout that is given to him, he is a very quick study. He is a workhorse and the word “quit” is not present in his vocabulary. Sweat pours from his brow and the occasional grunt escapes his lips, he will not be out done, not on the ice and most certainly not in his gym. Every day I spend with him I am reminded by his competitive nature and drive why he wears the “C”.
Elisha Cuthbert is the perfect partner for the captain, her tenacious attitude in the gym may suprise some people. Don’t be fooled by the sweet smile of the petite blonde, she is there to train. Her hair thrown back into a ponytail, the actress attacks each task with vigor, sweating alongside the elite level athletes. It is evident she takes her fitness seriously.
As I wipe the stinging sweat from my eyes, I take a look around and grin to myself, I am training a couple of pro athletes and an actress…………just another day in in the gym and I couldn’t be happier.