Aaron Ausmus Gets Creative

How USC football is continuing some workouts amid coronavirus quarantine

Strength and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus gets creative helping the team stay in shape during the pandemic

Adam Grosbard (OC Register)  —  This wasn’t exactly the spring that USC football had in mind.

The Trojans had just one spring practice, the beginning of implementing a new defense and a new physicality, before concerns about the spread of COVID-19 led to USC and the Pac-12 to suspend all team activities, including football practices, as part of social distancing.

Now, most of the team has gone home for spring and is not allowed back on USC’s campus. So the Trojans have had to get creative with how they work out in quarantine.

During an interview Monday on Trojans Live, head coach Clay Helton said strength and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus started a private Instagram account for the team to follow where he posts video tutorials for daily workouts while the players are at home, unable to access the USC weight room.

“I thought Double-A was a genius,” Helton said of this idea. “A lot of body weights, as well as a light running program, that they can do practicing social distancing.”

Ausmus, in a separate interview on Trojans Live, said that he reached out to each player via FaceTime to determine what resources they had available during quarantine.

Since, Ausmus has divided the workouts into three categories, based on what players have available to them at home. There’s one for those with a full home gym, another for those with random dumbbells lying around the house and finally one for those who, as Ausmus put it, “really just have a driveway, maybe a garage.”

Ausmus felt like an Instagram account was the best way to communicate with the team, rather than via a mass text. He is using the account not just for workout videos but also motivational quotes to help guys get through the program.

“It’s such a part of athletes’ lives now,” Ausmus told Trojans Live. “It’s something you can update immediately.”

Helton told Trojans Live that his main priorities, in addition to the at-home workouts, have been ensuring the student-athletes have access to Zoom to be able to take classes for the rest of the semester, and that the 30 players who’ve had surgeries since Aug. 1 have continued access to rehab and physical therapy resources.

“And then just checking up on them, and making sure that mental health-wise they’re doing OK, that they’re going through this and getting through this and this too will end,” Helton told Trojans Live. “It’s a little bit just making sure that they’re OK as they’re going through something that not only themselves but none of us have really been through something like this before.”



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John Weld
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March 27, 2020 10:01 am

USC Basketball announce a ‘home and home’ matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks. The Trojans will travel to Kansas on December 19, 2020 and the Jayhawks will come to the Galen Center on December 21, 2021.
Evan Mobley was name the number 1 basketball player in California for the second year in a row and he is contention for the number 1 basketball player in the US.

Knighted Member
March 25, 2020 3:43 pm

Good luck to Strength Coach Ausmus in his ability to gain & keep the player’s attention on staying in shape and being safe with little or no control over their environment.

Diamond Member
March 26, 2020 2:28 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

The curse of one & done. But thanks for the memories, double-O.

Noble Member
March 26, 2020 9:06 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Thanks for posting Allen. I’ve been on a self-imposed quarantine for about 10 days and plan to continue until this virus runs its course. I do hope there is a college football season as it’s my favorite sport to watch and my alma mater, USC, is my favorite team and has been since childhood. I wish all on here good health and FIGHT ON!