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Verona gym owner uses virtual workouts with local athletes and NFL clients during pandemic

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This time of the year Sports AdvantEdge in Verona has a buzz to it. The usual local athletes training for their respective sports, and professional athletes. Typically current and soon to be NFL players.

"Our gym typically Monday through Friday from about 3:30 to eight is usually packed with kids," said gym owner Brian Bott.

Bott is a former strength and conditioning coach with the University of Wisconsin football team. He spent 13 seasons with the Badgers.

Bott has been forced to get creative with interaction with his clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the weights in his gym remain untouched, he's been busy on his phone and laptop. Communicating with his clients virtually.

That includes virtual meetings and workouts with several current NFL clients of his.

"Every little thing matters. I get messages daily. Dealing with guys that have been in the NFL for six or seven years, they can be pretty banged up," said Bott.

One of his regulars is former Badgers and current Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alec Ingold. They typically use FaceTime weekly to chat about Ingold's offseason workout progress.

Brian Bott interacting with Alec Ingold via FaceTime

"It's been a process, you have to be smart about everything," said Ingold entering his second season in the NFL.

Ingold continued, "play by the rules, You know six feet away, social distancing, quarantining but you also have to by any means get that work in because there is so many people counting on you."

In what is normally a hands on industry, Bott continues to make the most of the situation using virtual video options to work with his clients, but he hasn't lost sight of the big picture of what he does.

"I love watching people reach their goals and their dreams. If it's NFL great, if it's a kid that wants to play college baseball, great," said Bott.

Brian Bott talking with WKOW sports reporter Alec Ausmus

"If it's a kid that wants to start on his high school varsity hockey team, fantastic. If it's a kid that wants to hit a homerun in little league. Dreams and goals that's what this is all about," said Bott with a smile on his face.

For more information on Sports AdvantEdge, visit their website, here.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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