Pitcher (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Modus Athlete
Tell us about your athletic journey so far
I used Ambien and I used Adderall, I was a big advocate for those both early on in my career. In college I was a regular Adderall user. I had my prescription and all this stuff, and then it was actually my second year of pro ball I forgot to do my prescription renewal process and I couldn’t take it anymore. It was the same thing with sleep and travel. I used to take Ambien because my wife used it.
There came a period in life where I stopped and tried to figure out supplements on my own, what can I use, what can I take and go from there. It really wasn't until I started taking Power ON and Power OFF that I really started to notice a difference. It felt like I was working at such a higher level mentally than I'd been in the past. I always felt that morning grogginess when I'd take NyQuil, Ambien, all that stuff and then being as that I couldn't take Adderall during the day, I was stuck. So I would jump up on caffeine, hammer Red Bulls and I would just try to get my body “up" as fast as possible. I was in this vicious cycle of uppers and downers, uppers and downers, and my body was slowly started breaking down. I could feel myself towards the end of last year, that August-September range, where my body was really dragging. I felt like crap. It felt like I need a month off to detox from all this stuff I've been taking.
It's been so nice to have the Modus products to be able to get me back to that even playing field where I feel like I'm functioning so much better than I have in years. When I use Power ON I feel like I'm ten times better mentally. It's a really good process to see because now I feel like, not only does my body physically feel like it's working well, but now I feel like my mind is now working on that same level that my body has been for the past few years.
I need to restock so I can take all my Modus products on my upcoming trip to the Dominican. I want to have a little bit of reassurance that while I’m there, I’ll have quality fuel for my body.
What does your daily routine look like?
Sometimes, our game would wrap up around midnight or so. So we’d get back to the hotel and then we'd have a wake-up call at 4:00 AM for our flight, or we'd get in to a new hotel at 10:00 AM so I'd try to sleep as much as possible. Sometimes I'm only getting four, five hours of sleep.
I honestly really like the Power OFF. I think that sleep is super beneficial, that’s where you do a majority of your recovery. When I took it, I fell asleep, it was like that [snaps fingers]. That groggy, brain-fog sense is what I used to wake up with, and I'd be like, “Oh my gosh, I slept like crap but I got my seven, eight hours of sleep.”
In the mornings after I take Power OFF, I felt like when I wake up I’m actually awake and ready. I might have gotten six hours of sleep, or seven, or whatever it may be, but I felt like the quality of sleep was much better than when I'd take other sleep products. Before this, I took NyQuil at times and I'd get knocked out but the next day I’d spend hours trying to wake up and adjust. With Power OFF, you're showing players that are going through the riggers of competing and training that with proper sleep they've actually recovered so much better, and that they don't need 10 plus hours of sleep. They're just getting the same amount of sleep, but the sleep quality in it is actually better.
I have a sleep cycle app and I actually put it next to my bed when I sleep. It monitors what stage of sleep you’re in are, quality, length, things like that. It's really, really useful. Being able to wake up and be like, “I feel like crud.” And then looking at app to see that I only got into REM twice or three times. You start to realize how you’re feeling during the day is linked in terms quality sleep and recovery.
It's been so nice to have the Modus products to be able to get me back to that even playing field where I feel like I'm functioning so much better than I have in years. When I use Power ON I feel like I'm ten times better mentally.
What has your experience with Modus been?
The amount of educational information about Modus is great. I think these tools are ultra useful for athletes to learn why our body reacts a certain way and how to fuel your body and brain properly. For me, that's the most powerful tool - to be able to understand why I feel a certain way this day, but why I feel better the next. I want to adjust the nutrition aspects of my life so my body is able to perform the best every single day.
I have a Modus shake pretty much every day. It’s great stuff. The most appealing thing is that it’s plant based protein from whole food ingredients, so it really takes out all those extra additives that are wasteful and even potentially damaging to your body.
There’s a lot of athletes that I've played with in the past that are very stingy about what they want to put in their body yet they’re still concerned about the cost. I tell them, “if you stop buying beer on the weekends, then you'll save $50 a weekend and from there, if you add that up throughout the month, you're close to saving $200. Now use that money towards your health and you'll actually start feeling better. You can’t keep eating crap over and over and over and still expecting your body to work at this high level.”
I remember, one of my buddies specifically asked me, “Hey, do you like that Modus stuff? It's fairly high on the price side.”
I was like, “Dude, I love it. It's really worth it” Would you rather get a burger from McDonald's or from Ruth's Chris Steak House? Sure it's probably going to cost you $30 more but at the same time, now you're actually putting these good ingredients into your body, well, depending on what you ordered [laughs].
Your body gets whatever you put in it, simple as that. So if you eat crap and you put cheap supplements that are really diluted with this excess crud, then you can’t expect your body to perform optimally. But if you really take the time to put in the required nutrients, then your body's really going to feed off it and excel.
You're stuck with your body for your entire life, so you might as well start treating it right because if you don't, you'll find yourself barely functioning by 55, 65 years old - especially as an athlete with the wear and tear of sport. You better start investing in it right now.