College/NCAA

A SAGA OF STRENGTH: STANLEY HUBBARD III-THE RISE OF THE GUARD-

 

 

HUZZAH!

Welcome to another exciting episode of  Indomitable Heroics.  The most ELECTRIFYING, and EXHILARATING EPICENTER OF EXCELLENCE AND PHYSICAL CULTURE.

We’re venturing into the realm of college football as I introduce you to our next guest.  I want you to watch this young man here.  In my own personal quest for physical greatness, Big Yahweh (cool name for GOD) has blessed me with great friendships with many fellow warrior gods and goddesses from across the country and the globe.  Many years ago, I met a young boy whom I had known through his father. This young man spent time in our Hallowed house of iron with his father Stan, constantly hitting the steel with a desire for athletic and scholastic greatness.  I always knew this young man had promise.  I would constantly ask his father about his dealings in school and strength.  The son, Stanley Hubbard III was on his way to attend the prestigious St. John’s College High School, a top notch Catholic School in the D.C. area.  I always asked Stan to let me know when the Son of Hubbard would graduate.  He did.  Last year, I had the honor of being able to attend his magnificent coronation. “My man Stan” was finally going to graduate and embark upon his journey for greatness and glory.

Stan the Father had told me that Young Stan had accepted a FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO UCONN. He would be an offensive lineman. I had the honor of seeing Stan in my neighborhood a few weeks ago, and told him I wanted to interview him on our CiTLR banner.   Stan’s drive and focus is nothing sort of inspirational. So with that being said, grab your favorite beverage and journey to the land of wonder as we have a conversation with #55!!! Stanley Hubbard III.

 

As of right now, what do you think are the most important athletic aspects for your position?

For me playing Offensive Guard, the three most important things athletically are strength, flexibility, and foot speed. Of course technique is very important, but you have to be able to bend for leverage, have the strength to move a 350-pound man across the ball, and the feet to lock them up in pass protection.

You got a full ride to Uconn! How important were your scholastic pursuits?  How do you balance out being a student, working out and having a life in college? Why UCONN?

In high school, it’s key to have great grades to create the most opportunities to play football beyond high school. It was a struggle for me being at such a great school at St. John’s but it prepared me to excel. Really in college, my set goal is to take my free time and work to become the man, football player and executive I want to be. My day is primarily spent working on my craft in the academic and athletic departments.  Sometimes it takes a toll on my stereotypical college life, but I feel as if that when I get these successes I’m working for I can be as social as I want.

Coming from a top notch school like St. John’s how well prepared for you both academically and athletically?  Being a catholic school, were you particularly spiritual? If so, how did that help?

St. John’s as I eluded to prepared me in a major way for college. College really is about time management, and with St. John’s having 7 classes during the year, the stress and work prepares you. I was quite up and down at St. John’s my GPA ranged from a 3.6 to a 2.3, but it was because I didn’t always hold myself accountable for my academic work. No, I created those habits of accountability and it’s paying dividends I have had a 4.0 for 2 straight semesters. Athletically, St. John’s and their workout set up was almost identical to UConn. The structures gave me an advantage to know what to expect in college. The competition in the WCAC and the speed that all of the D1 athletes in that league made
adjusting to college easy.  Spiritually, I prayed all the time in High school. During the week I used to pray in the chapel by myself. I endured some very tough times at St. John’s and I really found God there in those tough times, prayer definitely is a major part of my life now.

What is your current regiment like and how has it changed from what you did prior to college and now?

Currently I have lifting, running, extra work, and treatment from about 7:50 am to 12 pm. I then go from that to class and study hall to take care of the academic side. It’s different because before I had school then football and weights. I feel it’s helpful because when you have your football business at a early time it’s not weighing on your mind all day, and because of that it’s a lot easier to lock in academically and get the great grades you desire. Current Lift Stats and Proudest achievements so far as a student athlete ( field and school)I bench about 450, squat 600, I didn’t do a heavy max for clean but I did 225 x10 (Bill’s edit – Hang power cleans. Not from the floor but anywhere from the hip to the knee area. Look it up) and surprised myself in doing so. For me I have a bunch of accomplishments I can say but to me what’s important is kind of “what’s next”. I’m always focused on building and stacking my accomplishments to get to where I need to be, so while I’m proud of my past accomplishments, I really focus on past accomplishments and don’t mention them much at all.

Stan, I personally stress the Squat as the foundation of lifts. What lift is important to you and why? What is your favorite lift?

For what I know now about how important legs are to be successful in college I would say squat and clean are the most important lifts.  Reason being is because it because it generates the power necessary to be successful at my position. Bench is my favorite lift because of how strong it makes you feel.

Do you have a favorite and least favorite conditioning drill? How physically demanding is the college football training process?

There’s a good amount of conditioning drills I don’t like, but it would probably be gassers or 110s. It’s demanding because of the times you have to wake up to do the workout. Besides that if you take care of your body correctly you can adjust and excel.

Next year you’ll be a sophomore.  How can you make sure you shine.  Even though you are all a team, I know there is always pressure for you all to shine individually.  After all, anyone’s spot can be up for grabs?

Next year I’ll be a redshirt freshman and I’m going to make a big impact in the AAC. With that being said for me to shine individually is to do my job at a consistently high level for people to notice me. Getting my assignments while being the savage and the aggressor will be key for me to shine this year.

I remember when you were a 13-14 yrs old with impressive lifts while working out with your father Stan II. Stan is also a
strong and athletic cat and even won some Powerlifting contests.  How big of a role did your father play to you both
fitness wise and as a student athlete?

Of course he’s done a lot for me to get to this point whether it be introducing me to the weight room, signing me up for different trainers, signing me up for camps, etc., the biggest take away I have from him is his work ethic. He’s a blue collar worker and he’s become a boss from all the work that he’s done. His example just makes working hard natural for me, and I’m known for having a great work ethic now, but not a lot of people know where I get it from.

What do you say to all the would be student athletes out there?

I would say stay true to what you want to do in life and follow your dreams.  It’s easy to get sidetracked and on the way to fulfilling those dreams you’re going to run into adversity and fake people. You will have to sacrifice some of the fun things you do to get to where you need to be, and if you aren’t willing to sacrifice for those dreams, your dream then becomes the sacrifice. Surround yourself with genuine people and positivity, even if that means cutting people off that you thought (you) originally were close to. Create a circle that will support and understand you and your growth, and will constantly remind you of your goals and push you. If you pair all of this with a great work ethic, you will achieve the goals you set for yourself and will get to fulfill your dreams.

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A big CiTLR shout out to Stan for this inspirational interview.  We’ll periodically check on Stan and watch his road to greatness.

 


Bill Walker is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), one of the top recognized agencies in the country.  He’s also a Youth Fitness Coach in Washington DC. To set up an appointment or inquiry contact him at Bwalker929@gmail.com

Instagram: @BilliusMaximus929

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