His emergence was spectacular, however the Notre Dame product stays simply as motivated to excel as he was when he was battling for a roster spot. That was evident throughout the offseason when Mustipher added 10 kilos of lean muscle mass.
The further weight will assist the Bears middle take care of the behemoth defensive linemen that he is entrusted with transferring off the ball. Mustipher bulked up by spending extra time within the weight room—and on the dinner desk.
“I ate no matter I wished to; it was an offensive lineman’s dream,” Mustipher mentioned. “And simply making an attempt to get as sturdy as attainable.
“Working out exhausting, actually, and consuming, that is actually the most important factor to it. There have been some weeks the place I used to be doing 10-plus exercises in a single week, simply making an attempt to get sturdy, making an attempt to get sooner. I feel my official weigh-in was 332, and I got here again even heavier than that for OTAs … It was simply weight-reduction plan the correct manner, chopping out carbs at night time, ingesting sufficient protein, getting all of the grams in.”
Mustipher achieved his aim to get larger and stronger, not larger and softer.
“I do not suppose it is as a lot the load as it’s muscle,” Mustipher mentioned. “I feel I’m on the highest quantity of lean physique mass I’ve ever had in my life, which was large. That’s one thing I labored with [Bears sports science coordinator and dietician] Jenn Gibson on to determine what do I would like to do that offseason: ‘How do I would like to coach? What are the meals that I have to be placing into my physique for me to succeed in these targets?’
“My energy numbers went up. That was the important factor. You can get large and simply get fats and gradual. I wished to get sturdy and explosive. And so, I really feel like that is the place I put the load on.”
For the second straight offseason, Mustipher skilled with former Bears middle Olin Kreutz, a six-time Pro Bowler in 13 seasons in Chicago from 1998-2010. The tough-as-nails Hawaii native seemingly hasn’t modified a lot from his taking part in days when he was a extremely revered chief who demanded quite a bit from himself and his teammates.
“You’ve bought a man who performed that lengthy at that top of a stage,” Mustipher mentioned. “You come into the gymnasium and you have to perceive that you have to match a sure depth. It would not matter how you are feeling—if you happen to’re sore or if you happen to’re drained—you have to match that depth day by day. And the best way he approaches all the pieces that he is finished after soccer is [with] the identical depth that he approached it throughout the sport.
“I may in all probability practice anyplace else, nevertheless it would not be the identical. He has expertise and information. It’s an honor for me to go to that gymnasium … it adjustments your mentality and your focus and your understanding of precisely what it takes to achieve success at actually something that you simply wish to do. But proper now, all I wish to do is soccer. It’s my ardour; it was his ardour. You see the fireplace that he has for it and getting higher and pushing us to be the perfect that we may be.”