How to Lose 12 Pounds in One Day at WVU Football Camp | WVU Mountaineers


Morgantown – The media session after the third Wednesday of West Virginia took a turn on a heavy issue once talks began with offensive lineman James Gemmer and linebacker Dante Stiles.

Now we are not talking about the questions that philosophers think about the birth of the universe or whether or not there is intelligent life among the stars.

This was more like whether or not a hot dog should be classified as a sandwich in part because players and the assembled media took up the topic of preparing for a season at a certain weight, how to achieve those goals and how to do it by not just adding volume but doing it with increased speed and athletic performance.
It has proven to be a meaty subject indeed.


“As you get older in the program, you kind of learn to take care of your body and what your body needs,” said fifth-year Ranger Jimeter. “The most important thing I’ve focused on in the off-season is gaining some weight.”

Now this is hard to understand. James Gemeter played last year at 298 and a year before he played between 295 and 298.

This is big, but everything is relative and in this age of nutritional planning and technological weight work throughout the year, the volume is no longer big enough.

Nowadays, being described as being too big for young girls is considered essential.

“This is the first camp I’ve ever come to over 300 pounds,” said Jimmer. “Right now, I’m sitting at 313. The most important thing was putting in some pounds to give me an edge in a game of running and passing.”

I know, ladies. You wear a size small and you’re scrambling for the latest diet fad if you gain a pound and a half…but then the guy who blocks you every Saturday trying to push the bulls past doesn’t weigh 320.

Gemeter admits that in the past two years he has struggled to maintain his weight as it approaches 300 pounds.

“I sat down with Haley (Bishop), our nutritionist, and with Mike (Joseph), our strength and conditioning coach, just to have a plan together to continue it. So far, I’ve done it. This is the first year I’ve sat down and made a plan for nutrition and strength” .

What does this plan include?

“I use different supplements like creatine and protein. My meal intake and calorie intake increased. I eat four meals a day and three snacks, just to maintain that weight because I burn 5,000 calories in one exercise.”

While Gmiter does not have calorie goals on a daily basis, he does continue to eat and weigh.

“When I’m not in the facility, I eat rice, two fried eggs, toss it all in with the soy sauce and butter and cheese and eat that,” Gemeter said. “It may not be the healthiest, but it works.”

It’s funny how it all went. Gmiter came to school in 2018 at 320, slipped to nearly 290 and has been around that number until this year.

Jupiter was meeting with the media perhaps an hour after he got off the training ground and bought a gallon container of something he was savoring while he waited his turn to grill.
Once you’re out of the field, you have to start the recovery process,” Gemeter said, showing the container. “I just lost 12 pounds in training.”

Think about that for a moment. Twelve pounds!

This is in training for about two hours. Do you think someone can’t come up with a copy of these training plans, put a media ad on TV or social media late at night, and sell it?

The ad can read “Loss 12 pounds of ugly fat.” Just follow the ‘Football Fat Reduction Diet Plan’. It’s only $39.99 and you can also be slimmer, and maybe even get a Super Bowl episode in the process.”

But Gmiter and his comrades do not want to lose weight permanently.

“I have to work until we’re back at 4 p.m. for the team meeting, get my weight back at at least two pounds. It’s a recovery process and it’s tough, but necessary,” Gemmer said.

Surprisingly, the extra weight does not detract from his other athletic skills.

And gaining weight no longer means losing things like speed and endurance.

“I’ve been the fastest in a while. So, my weight has increased but I have also increased speed and strength,” he said, perhaps rehearsing his speech for his next NIL deal.

The picks went into the off season and focused on getting in shape after deciding not to go to the NFL.

It wasn’t an easy decision to skip the draft in his final year, but one he felt he had to make.

“I felt like if I did that I could play 100 percent more shots,” he said. “I didn’t want to go on tour and get tired in the third or fourth play. Once you get tired in there, all your techniques go out the window, so I wanted to be in as much shape as they need me there with giving them 100 percent.”

“This year I want to be all over the field, just run for the ball, and be active in every game.”

He also felt, like Gmiter, that he had to gain some weight.

“I was 280 in the off-season. I was 28 today, but I am usually 28 now.” “I want to be on the slightly heavier side, but I played with a lot of different weights. In the first year I was 290, in the second year I was 310, then in the first year I was 270.”

Now he is looking for the ideal weight.

“I’m smaller but stronger,” he said. “That was the complete off-season plan.”

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