Morning, a Wisconsin native who played football at UW-Stout, always has had a soft spot for Wahl because he’s a Badgers fan. But Wahl’s work ethic also made an immediate impression on his instructor.
“He’s got that mindset that I’m going to do whatever I can to be better,” Morning said. “He’s just different in a great way.”
Wahl wanted to get bigger and stronger, but Morning’s program went beyond that. They worked on improving Wahl’s explosiveness and ability to change direction efficiently.
When Morning tuned in for the first couple games this season, it wasn’t hard to notice that Wahl had more pop in his steps and jumps. “It’s awesome to see,” Morning said.
Wahl was listed at 214 pounds as a freshman, but he was down to around 200 by the end of the season. One of the first priorities was to get some weight back on him, and Morning stressed the importance of nutrition and good sleep with a goal of adding at most two pounds per month.
At home, Wahl was gobbling down his mother’s meals that by design were loaded with protein and good carbohydrates. While he wasn’t necessarily noticing a change in his body when he looked in the mirror each day, others could tell.
“I’d see relatives or friends that I hadn’t seen in a while and they’d say, ‘Wow, you look a lot bigger,’” said Wahl, now listed at 220 pounds. “That was kind of the point where I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m doing something right.’”