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Martin St. Louis started offseason workouts…last month

Jun 18, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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Martin St. Louis turned 38 today.

To celebrate, he’s going to work out.

Though to be accurate, working out has been a daily occurrence for the Lightning winger as he admitted to the Tampa Bay Times he started his offseason training program in mid-May.

Yeah, mid-May. Like a full month ago.

“I took two weeks off, and I got right back into it in mid May,” St. Louis said. “I was able to train for 2½ weeks before I met my trainer, so my first stage is already done. “

Given St. Louis is the reigning NHL scoring champ and has played in 779 of Tampa Bay’s last 786 games, you’d probably give him a pass if he wanted to, you know, take at least a month’s vacation.

But here he is, at age 38, cranking out one of those intense workout regimens often favored by younger players, like his Tampa Bay teammate, Steven Stamkos.

(Stamkos, 23, is a disciple of the Gary Roberts program, where young players spend the summer eating mung beans and dead-lifting tractors. Or something like that.)

It’s understandable why St. Louis wants to get going right away. The Lightning have missed the playoffs two years in a row and, given he’s closing in on 40, St. Louis knows he won’t have many more chances at a Cup run.

“I’ve been pushing my workouts along to try to get as many as I can,” he explained. “I’m ahead of the game in terms of where I usually am at this time of year.

“We didn’t make the playoffs, but it kept me motivated. It gave me the drive that I needed.”

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    man, what else could you want in a player’s career than what he’s provided. that’s a hockey player

  2. Eternal Optimist - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    This guy is one of the main reasons why I watch the NHL. He just amazes me when he’s in the game.

  3. tuberippin - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    The man.

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