Not many people can start a trend, but Titans guard Chance Warmack did just that.
As an All-American star guard for The University of Alabama, Warmack became recognizable for his game jerseys being short and exposing his sizable stomach. This trend became lovingly known as "Warmacking," to which Chance readily embraced.
Even today, Warmack encourages people to be comfortable in their own skin by "Warmacking," and a look at either his Faceboof or Instagram posts show kids of varying ages exposing their stomachs as their hero did before entering the NFL where league rules prohibit the practice.
Warmack, who started every game of his rookie season at right guard learned quickly that as talented and powerful as he his, the NFL is vastly different from college football, even at Alabama and the SEC. With this realization Warmack found that he needed to work on his body as much as he worked on his blocking skills.
This past off season Warmack did just that. Having been given a weight range to work toward following the conclusion of mini-camp and prior to reporting for training camp on Friday, Warmack took the challenge seriously.
To make the most of the off season, Warmack went to Arizona to work at a training facility during the break. The results are noticeable.
"If it's something you want bad, you got to make sacrifices. I made sacrifices in the past in college, so I gotta make sacrifices here," said Warmack following today's first training camp practice. "When you make those sacrifices, it's going to help you in the future."
Warmack credits his leaner figure to sacrificing foods that he loves for a healthier diet and an intense training regiment.
"For me it was more so trying to see where I feel comfortable at weight wise. It wasn't really a pressure to get down, I knew I could get down," continued Warmack. "I just wanted to see where I feel comfortable at, because that is all I care about."
With the weight loss comes an unintended consequence. During today's first camp practice, Warmack began suffering from cramps because of his weight loss. He was able to finish the practice, but was noticeably limping late in the session.
Warmack is being counted on to fulfill the lofty status he brought with him entering the league as a first round draft pick, and based on the work he put in during this off season he appears to be on his way to doing exactly that. The Titans are counting on him to reach that level again, this time in the NFL.