No rest for the Warriors

Rain and darkness did not stop the Rainbow Warriors from participating in this morning’s offseason conditioning drills.

When the schedule was posted, there were no objections, even though it meant the players were required to report by 5:45 a.m. They brought two pairs of shoes — a pair for Ching’s turf, another pair for workouts in the weight room.

“The goal in the winter is to set the stage for the summer,” said Gary Beemer, the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coordinator. “We want to put as much muscle mass on them as we can. Then you also want to make them as tough as  we can. We want to help the team find its identity. The only way you can do that with a football team is put them through discomfort, kind of like gold refined in a furnace. There has to be a crucible involved. That’s what winter training is.”

Beemer said summer is “performance time.” During winter drills, there is an emphasis on metabolic drills involving tumbling and constant motion.

“It’s very uncomfortable for the guys because they’re always in a state of movement, and (the drills) have to be done perfectly or else they have to be done over again,” Beemer said.

Beemer said there are general workouts and drills that are position-specific. He also said there are varying ways to deal with each player.

“The players who are adults, I treat like adults,” Beemer said. “The players who act like kids get treated like kids. We have a very large spectrum of athletes on our team. There are a lot of guys who are very mature and a lot of guys who need to grow up quickly.”



  1. Shoko February 1, 2014 6:14 am

    Been a long time since I was first on the blog.

  2. Pu'uwai February 1, 2014 6:40 am

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Keep up the training team.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  3. Haleakala February 1, 2014 7:06 am

    Terrific. The Warriors will be in shape.

  4. nana February 1, 2014 7:06 am

    Beemer is the man. Work hard everyday Warriors.

  5. tommui February 1, 2014 7:19 am


    A couple of more days – and we will see what is under the tree.

  6. Ipu Man February 1, 2014 7:25 am

    Grin and bear it.

  7. orioles fo eva February 1, 2014 7:34 am

    Lucky seven?

  8. Don Weir February 1, 2014 7:43 am

    Heading to the Lunalilo Home Luau today and will see some UH teammates with names some may recognize: Simeon Alo, Dexter Gomes.
    Another Hawaii HS player that went pm to p;ay football at that ‘other’ LA school will be there as well: Mike Pavich.

  9. Don Weir February 1, 2014 7:44 am

    ‘ on to play ‘ in #8

  10. kev-1 February 1, 2014 8:18 am

    The more I hear what Beemer has to say, the more I like him. I don’t know which school he turned down to stay hear, but it sure sounds good for us.

  11. NYUHTX February 1, 2014 8:49 am

    Aloha everyone. Wishing all the warriors great health and enthusiasm in their preparation for a great turn-around year.

    Am I the only one who looks for the “Like” button when I read others comments?

  12. Shoko February 1, 2014 8:52 am

    That’s a good Beemer analogy (precious metal refinement).

    It reminds me working for a company as a part-time metallurgical or fire assayer during the summer. It was really hard work and I quit after one day on the job.

  13. A-House February 1, 2014 9:01 am

    wet, windy, and chilly day in the valley

    only good thing is that most of our roads will be fully resurfaced, hopefully, by pau hana time on 2/3/14 – its been a long 30+ years for this to occur

    and, the clock goes on for recruiting – hopefully, the MBB will win tonight and allow recruits to feel the energy of Hawaii fans – we will be there!!!!!!!

  14. tommui February 1, 2014 9:10 am

    A-House: Good morning!
    Yell out to us – we’ll be there too!

  15. Buffoman February 1, 2014 9:47 am

    I guess this may a first time for many of these young men with regard to “commitment to a craft”. Easy to talk about what you want to be. It takes a whole different level of desire to walk the talk when “walking, according to Beemer” come with this level of commitment.

    I realize that there will be those who are not going to make the commitment, which is too bad as the only one tricked would be the one looking back in the mirror. For those who commit, and I am hoping that my first statement is off base, one can expect a different athlete when the light go on, the fans cheer and the game is on.

    I am liking this man’s commitment to preparing our athletes to be physically (and in a sense mentally) prepared. Great get for the team by Coach Chow.

  16. bowwar February 1, 2014 10:02 am

    I hope our lousy weather doesn’t scare away any recruits this weekend…

  17. jonj February 1, 2014 10:16 am

    Anyone kno who’s visiting??

  18. al February 1, 2014 10:56 am

    tsai and the big guy knows…i think chow imposed a gag order.
    we already starting to lose some.
    and we’ve poached a couple ourselves

  19. PurpleMaple February 1, 2014 11:28 am

    Rivals shows Jalen Rogers committed to Hawaii a/o tdy.

  20. el burro sabio February 1, 2014 11:32 am

    That’s what the visiting recruits need to see – the dedication of the team to work out early in the morning.

  21. cocobean February 1, 2014 12:00 pm

    Off season conditioning. The good and the bad.

    It’s good we got a guy like Beemer leading the program. He brings experience,enthusiam and leadship. He’s a guy that walked the walk as player and now as a coach. His influence in the off season should pay dividends during the season. Hope we can keep him around long enough for him to establish a culture of working hard during the off season.

    The bad is we don’t have a culture of all in for off season workouts. Through the years it’s been hit or miss on attendance and commitment. Boise is an example, that’s closest to home, of a program who’s players drive each other to get better during the off season. It’s an established culture where newcomers know coming in what level of dedication it takes to be a part of the team. Their tradition of commitment is perpetuated from one season to next by the players. The returnees leading/showing/encouraging the newbies how it done.

    Boise is just one example. I’m sure all big time programs walk the talk when it comes to getting better during the off season.

  22. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 12:30 pm

    I love what Beemer is doing. He has a plan and that plan is in motion.

    Looking back at last season from an injury standpoint, it seemed like there were fewer minor/nagging injuries across the roster. Definitely fewer than 2012, which was an awful year for injuries. 2013 seemed better than average for the past decade. I think Beemer made a difference even with a partial offseason to work with the team. I’m excited to see how the boys look next fall after a full offseason S&C program under Beemer.

  23. Slugger February 1, 2014 1:18 pm

    Good afternoon, gang!

    Good to hear the training program Beemer is laying out for the guys. Yup, the young’uns need to learn discipline.

    Hiyah, Don Weir! Say Hello to your other half at the lu’au.

    Still snowing a little here…

    Let’s GO BOWS!

  24. tommui February 1, 2014 2:03 pm


    Gong xi fa cai!

    Didn’t see you at Maple Garden celebrating Chinese New Year!

  25. Inyoface February 1, 2014 2:38 pm

    It’s crazy Hawaii is getting so much rain. California is bone dry.

  26. Warrior Dave February 1, 2014 2:41 pm

    Lost a few, poached a few… Nice ring to that Al. Hope the recruiting stories are shared after signing date. Happy Saturday afternoon everyone.

  27. kaimiloa February 1, 2014 2:58 pm

    Should have sent the recruits to the Big Island. Its a beautiful day here. Neighbors just came home with a truck full of snow.

  28. wafan February 1, 2014 3:01 pm

    Good afternoon!

  29. gobows February 1, 2014 3:23 pm

    “The players who are adults, I treat like adults,” Beemer said. “The players who act like kids get treated like kids. We have a very large spectrum of athletes on our team. There are a lot of guys who are very mature and a lot of guys who need to grow up quickly.”

    …smart man coach beemer.

  30. Kapahulu February 1, 2014 3:41 pm

    Pajama Night tonight at UH Men’s Basketball Game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

  31. al February 1, 2014 4:03 pm

    “the sun come out…”
    hawai’i no ka oi!

  32. al February 1, 2014 4:05 pm

    who owns pjs in hawaii…?

  33. Ipu Man February 1, 2014 4:13 pm

    Thumbs up to all…

  34. Ipu Man February 1, 2014 4:14 pm

    And when the recruits get here and it is raining, take them on a little hike in our bamboo rainforests…

  35. Ipu Man February 1, 2014 4:15 pm

    Don’t take them to D&B type places to play games…

  36. Ipu Man February 1, 2014 4:16 pm

    Even a hike on Diamond Head will get them excited. How about a helicopter tour for each and every one of them. Get them pumped up for Hawaii! Go Rainbows!

  37. Da Punchbowl Kid February 1, 2014 4:31 pm

    “crucible” Gotta love a Coach who uses words like that.


  38. kapakahi February 1, 2014 5:57 pm

    Lauaki lookin’ like a future Aggie.

  39. kapakahi February 1, 2014 5:58 pm

    …..but still might go on LDS mission first anyhow.

  40. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 6:44 pm

    Damn… Frank Mir got the white beat out of him. I think he’s missing a tattoo or two after that fight. The Reem was very disciplined in his attack and looked fresh all the way through the fight.

  41. kev-1 February 1, 2014 6:48 pm

    al . . . I wonder how may will show up in bibbadees and no shirt.

  42. kev-1 February 1, 2014 6:50 pm

    Frank Mir definitely half the fighter he once was. He has always been a chubbier fighter in that weight class. Could see him trimming down and possibly moving down a class and making an impact.

  43. kev-1 February 1, 2014 6:50 pm

    OK, maybe chubbier is the wrong way to describe him, but his frame looks like it could trim down to the next weight class.

  44. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 6:52 pm

    Aldo cautious thru 1.. Lamas looks intimidated.

  45. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 6:57 pm

    Aldo turning it up in Rd2… Heavy leg kicks being landed clean. Aldo’s counter striking is dead on tonight.

    Lamas is throwing, but not setting up his shots and Aldo is blocking or countering off everything.

    Just a matter of time before lamas’ leg gives out. It just got abused in Rd2

  46. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 7:03 pm

    Lamas has no clue how to setup his power shots. Aldo can see everything Lamas is throwing. Give lamas a ton of credit for still fighting hard.

    Aldo’s pace slowed down in Rd3… Onto Rd4…

  47. Former UH Athlete February 1, 2014 7:09 pm

    Lamas tried to take it to the ground, but after a long struggle, ends up on his back… Aldo tried a guillotine but couldn’t get it… Back to feet… End of Rd4

    Lamas may survive fight, but just doesn’t have the talent to beat Aldo. He will need a lucky punch to win.

  48. 3-Prong February 1, 2014 7:28 pm

    Let’s Go Bows. Protect Da House!!

  49. kapakahi February 1, 2014 7:59 pm

    Thought that this might be the first MBB team in awhile without any drama……but I guess that’s not Gib’s style.

  50. 3-Prong February 1, 2014 8:05 pm

    What’s the deal with Shamburger?

  51. kapakahi February 1, 2014 8:08 pm


    Apparently benched tonight… least for the 1st half anyways.

  52. kapakahi February 1, 2014 8:08 pm


    That’s exactly the scheduled destination tonight.

  53. NorthShoreFan February 1, 2014 8:30 pm

    Fotu Tu – Tu Tu Tu Tu

    Let’s Go Warriors!

  54. kapakahi February 1, 2014 8:42 pm

    Shamburger really making a difference with those entry passes to the post on the right block against the zone.

  55. NorthShoreFan February 1, 2014 8:48 pm

    Team responds differently when Shamburger is in the game.

  56. tom-warriornation February 1, 2014 9:27 pm

    Great win Rainbow Warriors; after a slow start!

  57. tom-warriornation February 1, 2014 9:30 pm

    Everyone come out next Thursday Feb. 6 against UC Santa Barbara (who is tied for first place in the Bigwest).

  58. al February 1, 2014 10:29 pm

    41…that would be entertaining if it were the females attire for the game.

  59. al February 1, 2014 10:33 pm

    kapakahi…lauaki usu two days ago. no loss because he will go on a two year mission.
    and like the little birdie said, “in two years he still is a free agent.”

  60. turfwar February 1, 2014 11:52 pm

    With Lauaki gone why not offer Farrington’s Mason Semisi if his academics are in order. At 6’5″ 290 he moved around the basketball court pretty good tonight against Kahuku (oc12) for a big guy considering the pace of the game was very hectic at times. And Jacob McEnroe should also be considered. He’s 6’3″ 200 plus and a good basketball player period. Not just for a football player who was good enough to make all state at CB. It’s obvious Jacob has worked hard to developed his skills on the hardwood. And it’s hard not to be excited about the athletic ability of Farrington’s Seu Luafatasaga a junior who at 6’4″ already has a body of a D1 DE. Kid can run and jump and looks to be around 220. Lots of football talent on display tonight. Keep an eye on Kahuku frosh Samuta Avea. Leads the team in threes, is the starting QB for the JV team and already stands around 6’3″. His father is Chief Sielu who runs the Sea Life Park Luau. If you’ve ever seen his show you know the work ethic Samuta grows up with.

  61. wafan February 2, 2014 5:08 am

    Merry Groundhog Day — or maybe not.

    Six more weeks of winter.


  62. Fei Jai February 2, 2014 8:19 am

    Good morning “Chow timers”!! “Chow time” is here and I can smell the victories about to happen. Just like during the first two glorious “chow time” seasons.

  63. Inyoface February 2, 2014 8:41 am

    Haha wow

  64. Tired February 2, 2014 9:08 am

    62….good morning Steve

  65. billables February 2, 2014 9:08 am

    yup, keep on smelling, cause his contract is going to be extended.

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