They have come to be known as “Wednesday Workouts.”
Health and performance coach Thomas Kochanoff has been producing videos to help King’s students be physically and mentally healthy while learning online this year.
Kochanoff’s relationship with King’s began last year when he worked with Jamie McGinnis and the Blue Devils men’s soccer team. He enjoyed his experience so much it was a “no-brainer” when the Athletics Department reached out to him about providing online workouts and health and wellness content.
“I’m very much connected to people who care about their kids or their young people. That’s King’s.” – Thomas Kochanoff
The videos are geared toward all students, not just student-athletes. They offer quick lessons on mobility, stability, and strength exercises you can do at home, outside in a park, on Citadel Hill, or at the King’s Gymnasium. “It’s very much how can you keep young people connected and healthy—mentally and physically?” he said.
Kochanoff even has tips for those stuck at home. “Maybe you’re in isolation for two weeks. Here’s something to do.” The videos are evolving as he receives feedback from the Athletic Department and students. He’s working directly with King’s sports teams, and happy to help with individual situations.
It’s person first and programming second, says Kochanoff. That’s how he approaches health and fitness. “I’m very much connected to people who care about their kids or their young people,” he said. “That’s King’s. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Mental health is just as much a priority as physical health when it comes to these types of workouts, Kochanoff said. Students are sitting longer, not walking across campus to classes, and possibly spending more time inside. “You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to want to move and feel better,” he said.
Bad posture can affect breathing, which can affect sleeping, which would affect your ability to study and work. “Just getting up and moving better helps your whole system relax, and you can think clearer.”
Find all the videos on Thomas Kochanoff’s YouTube channel.