How Gymnastics Helped Make Joe Kovacs the Best Shot Putter on Earth
Joe Kovacs ’11 is the best shot putter in the world. The 2015 World Champion will compete for a spot in the 2016 Olympics at the U.S. Team Trials in July, but in the meantime, he’s busy using gymnastics to help him train.
Kovacs explained the way he uses gymnastics to Us Weekly. While he didn’t say how he got into the sport, he did credit gymnastics with teaching him body awareness and giving him elasticity. He also mentioned that his favorite exercise is to swing on the high bar, which helps stretch him out and relaxes him.
Here’s a video of Kovacs training on the high bar, which we highly recommend watching. For a 300-pound football player-turned-world champion shot putter, Kovacs is awfully good at this.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor