Kurt Roberts (born February 20, 1988) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the shot put. He set his personal record for the event in 2014, throwing 21.50 m (70 ft 61⁄4 in) to take second at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
During the off-season my philosophy is to do the exact opposite of what I do in season. I try to do as many “normal people” activities as possible while still staying active. I play tennis, I fish, I hike, I golf, I volunteer my time, I do a lot of manual labor around the house. Stuff to stay active and functionally strong but is nowhere near the weight room or ring. This off season I shoveled and wheel barreled 6 tons of landscaping gravel. This allows me to be hungry to get back into training and completely separate myself from the previous season. Once I finally do step back into the weight room its slow tempo high rep grinding lifts to get back to being strong and finish most of my lifting days with metabolic circuit to help increase my work capacity. As for securing funding I work as a PE teacher at private school in Canton teaching PPK-8th graders.
Here are some questions to ponder:
What do you need to work on, improve?
My biggest area for improvement going into next year will be developing consistency in technique. After completely changing my technique my first year out I felt last year was my first year of completely understanding how to apply force to the ball.
Where will you be living this winter?
I will be living and training in Ashland, Ohio and training at Ashland University.
Who are you training with?
Primarily I train alone but I will have some more consistent training partners this year in Rob Klenk (DII National Champ Weight Throw) and Gray Horn (2014 USA Indoor Hep Champ)
Are you throwing in the off-season in practice?
I start throwing around 3 months out from my first comp and the first month is drills and specific strength only. I throw 3 sessions a week with a total of 175 releases a session.
What weight lifting exercises will you do?
My offseason primary lifts will be Bench (close Grip), Deadlift and Squat.
Who will you train with?
Typical lifting partner will be Rob klenk this year.
Do you see your coach much? Who is your coach?
Unfortunately I don’t see my coach much in person but am able to communicate regularly through video feedback and usually 2 one week training trips to Tucson. My coach is Craig Carter who is the current throws coach at Arizona.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season? If so, what?
My main goal this season in the weight room will be to put on more lean mass in hopes to retain more strength late in the year. I will also be working on a more consistent left heel out of the back as I had a few good throws called fouls due to my heel touching the outside of the ring out of the back.
What will you do to relax? Vacation planned?
Mostly work outdoors and spend time at home with my wife and family. Maybe a few days in Vegas for some good food and a show.
When do you plan to compete again?
Depending on how training is going I may open up in January but my primary focus is Outdoor season and winning a medal at Outdoor World Champs in Beijing.