Including his National Championship ring, Strength and Conditioning Coach Kenny Parker has brought something else with him to Rutgers from Ohio State: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
This has been a long standing tradition at Ohio State and the folks at cleveland.com wrote up a really good piece going into detail on Ohio State's version here.
The Massacre is not only a step up in difficulty, it is a workout mindf*ck. For example, the halls leading to the weight room will be lined with Valentine's Day decorations and as you can see in the video, they are greeted by someone wielding a chainsaw. There are affectionate notes "written" by the stations and in players' lockers.
The main difference with this workout is what they call "finishers". Finishers are something that a player will do at the very end of a workout and they are meant to drain every last bit of energy form a player to ensure he has worked out to his limit. An example of a finisher would be the tug of war exercise that you see Coach Ash involved in. The catch in the Massacre is that these are done between each exercise. So after a player finishes his bench press reps, he will do a finisher. Then he will move on to the next exercise and do another finisher. Essentially they are draining the players' energy right before they have to do another station.
Another feature of the workout is the live DJ. Ohio State had a DJ at their's and Rutgers did the same.
Knights got better this morning. pic.twitter.com/nH5XjLC5Py— Chris Ash (@CoachChrisAsh) February 19, 2016
Here are some other Twitter reactions:
Happy Saint Valentine's Day Massacre @G_Rescigno17— HAYDEN RETTIG (@HAYDENRETTIG11) February 19, 2016
Definitely by far the hardest lift of my life. Netflix and COD for the rest of the day. ✌ ️— RMIII (@RobMartin_7) February 19, 2016
St Valentines Day Massacre ✅ pic.twitter.com/V8GiM23Fst— Alan Lucy (@AlanOchoCinco) February 19, 2016
Different type of grind ! Gotta be a dude or you'll get left. #AshEra— dos (@Hester_2k) February 19, 2016
St Valentines Day Massacre ❤️ I made it through this I can make it through anything pic.twitter.com/1O9bRKAuzw— Jonathan Pollock (@kingpollock) February 19, 2016
By far the craziest workout of my life. You got no choice but to be a dawg! #StValentinesDay ⚪️— Isaiah Wharton (@Isaiah_Wharton) February 19, 2016
In life you have two choices. After a workout like that it's either the stairs or the elevator... I took the elevator.. #HappyStValentines— andre patton (@dreezy10) February 19, 2016
Massacred....— Saquan Hampton (@TDC_9) February 19, 2016
The Lift of My Life.....— Deonte Roberts (@DeeRoberts__) February 19, 2016
That St valentines massacre workout though..— Najee Clayton (@Jee_Sosa9) February 19, 2016