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some play­ers are now find­ing them­selves with­out ac­cess af­ter gyms and high schools have closed in some com­mu­ni­ties.

“Some guys had a great gym to train in and got a call Sun­day night that it was shut­ting down,” Storms said. “So now that guy’s plans changed.”

Those who had no ac­cess to work­out equip­ment have faced a tougher chal­lenge.

“That’s why com­mu­ni­ca­tion is so key,” Storms said. “We’re try­ing to keep [up with] those guys as their sta­tus changes, making sure they have the right tools for them to get the work done.”

So Storms and his staff took to so­cial

me­dia, up­load­ing videos to help demon­strate old-school fit­ness tech­niques. Some of those in­volve load­ing books or rocks into a back­pack for pushups or grab­bing gal­lon wa­ter jugs or cin­der blocks as weights.

The play­ers have fol­lowed suit, shar­ing their own progress over Twit­ter with their coaches and team­mates.

“I’ve got some ideas just see­ing what our guys have done on their own,” Storms said. He also com­mu­ni­cates with other strength coaches in the busi­ness to see what they’re do­ing with their pro­grams.

“There’s a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tion with ev­ery­one try­ing to fig­ure out the best way to serve our kids,” he said.

Storms adds that all of these work­outs with the play­ers are vol­un­tary. Noth­ing can be man­dated by the school af­ter the ACC

can­celed all ath­letic com­pe­ti­tions and prac­tices through the end of this aca­demic year.

Norvell said keep­ing play­ers in shape is es­sen­tial for the suc­cess of the pro­gram.

“Coach Storms has a great staff and he’s done a won­der­ful job,” Norvell said. “We were able to give ev­ery guy an in­di­vid­ual work­out plan be­fore they left for spring break. … Ob­vi­ously, it’s some­thing we take a great deal of pride as a pro­gram and I think it’s gone really well.”

Storms got a chance to work with FSU play­ers from Jan­uary through March, set­ting the tone for what he ex­pected from them.

“We’re hop­ing what we did in the off­sea­son … with these guys, we laid a good foun­da­tion of the im­por­tance of train­ing and those guys have seen the progress that they’ve made al­ready,” Storms said. “And for a lot of those guys that’s mo­ti­va­tion to stay work­ing and not let that slip away.

“This whole deal puts a lot of own­er­ship and a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity on their hands to be pros and take care of them­selves on their own at this time.”

Storms and his staff are care­ful not to over­load the play­ers, catching up with them a few times each week by phone or FaceTime.

“At the end of the day, my No. 1 job, whether they’re here or they’re at home, is to make sure those guys have the best chance pos­si­ble to max­i­mize their abil­i­ties and stay pre­pared for this up­com­ing sea­son,” Storms said.

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