Reilly still fit at 40 and ripping it for the Panthers

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Dan Polischuk Kitchener Post

A season after becoming the new Intercounty Baseball League’s all-time home run and hits leader, Kitchener Panthers slugger Sean Reilly still isn’t done writing the record books.

“That’s 100 per cent the reason why I’m back,” said the recently-turned 40-year-old father of two.

“There would be nothing better than winning with (the Panthers).”

Having a chance to reflect on last season, which saw him overtake Randy Curran’s 154 career home runs, Reilly credits his lifestyle change — eating habits, specifically — approximately 10 years ago for his achievements.

“The thought of the gym just made me want to cringe,” said Reilly, who sourced McDonalds’ menu as the common culprit.

“I still remember the first time I went to the gym, our current manager Dave teBoekhorst was actually there and … he showed me the ropes. I just built off of that year after year,” he recalled.

“He gave me advice on proper eating and how to manage my calories. We became pretty close and workout partners and we still do that to this day.”

Now standing at a muscular six-foot-three and 235 pounds, Reilly readily admits that his six-day-a-week gym habit has extended his career to the point where he feels that he “could probably play for another five years — if I wanted to.”

“I want to be productive though. I don’t have anything left to prove,” he said.

Putting up the offensive numbers that he has as well as his physical stature on the diamond, it obviously draws the attention of fellow players looking for tips.

“It’s mostly guys from other teams that have asked me for advice,” said Reilly, adding that “what works for me might not for somebody else.”

“A lot of it depends on body type and what you’re trying to do, like putting on muscle.”

Never having “gone by a book or a program” and just doing “whatever I want to do that day (at the gym),” this season’s current home run leader admits that, at this point in his life, “I’m just trying to maintain” — albeit not shying away from the heavy weights.

“As you get older, you have to put that time into it if you want to get result," he said. “I’ve seen so many people try (working out) and slowly fade off. Once you see the results, though, you want to keep going.”

Aside from hoping for championship-level success on the diamond, a career as a firefighter is an additional motivating factor for Reilly. Having just completed his training for the Toronto fire department, he’s anxiously waiting for a chance to prove himself with an interview.

“I wouldn’t say that (staying in shape) comes easy to me, but it just comes naturally. It’s a lot harder than people think. You have to be on top of things; it’s a challenge.”

“I always say just look in the mirror. If you like what you see, then keep going — you’re doing well.”

Reilly still fit at 40 and ripping it for the Panthers

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Dan Polischuk Kitchener Post

A season after becoming the new Intercounty Baseball League’s all-time home run and hits leader, Kitchener Panthers slugger Sean Reilly still isn’t done writing the record books.

“That’s 100 per cent the reason why I’m back,” said the recently-turned 40-year-old father of two.

“There would be nothing better than winning with (the Panthers).”

Having a chance to reflect on last season, which saw him overtake Randy Curran’s 154 career home runs, Reilly credits his lifestyle change — eating habits, specifically — approximately 10 years ago for his achievements.

“The thought of the gym just made me want to cringe,” said Reilly, who sourced McDonalds’ menu as the common culprit.

“I still remember the first time I went to the gym, our current manager Dave teBoekhorst was actually there and … he showed me the ropes. I just built off of that year after year,” he recalled.

“He gave me advice on proper eating and how to manage my calories. We became pretty close and workout partners and we still do that to this day.”

Now standing at a muscular six-foot-three and 235 pounds, Reilly readily admits that his six-day-a-week gym habit has extended his career to the point where he feels that he “could probably play for another five years — if I wanted to.”

“I want to be productive though. I don’t have anything left to prove,” he said.

Putting up the offensive numbers that he has as well as his physical stature on the diamond, it obviously draws the attention of fellow players looking for tips.

“It’s mostly guys from other teams that have asked me for advice,” said Reilly, adding that “what works for me might not for somebody else.”

“A lot of it depends on body type and what you’re trying to do, like putting on muscle.”

Never having “gone by a book or a program” and just doing “whatever I want to do that day (at the gym),” this season’s current home run leader admits that, at this point in his life, “I’m just trying to maintain” — albeit not shying away from the heavy weights.

“As you get older, you have to put that time into it if you want to get result," he said. “I’ve seen so many people try (working out) and slowly fade off. Once you see the results, though, you want to keep going.”

Aside from hoping for championship-level success on the diamond, a career as a firefighter is an additional motivating factor for Reilly. Having just completed his training for the Toronto fire department, he’s anxiously waiting for a chance to prove himself with an interview.

“I wouldn’t say that (staying in shape) comes easy to me, but it just comes naturally. It’s a lot harder than people think. You have to be on top of things; it’s a challenge.”

“I always say just look in the mirror. If you like what you see, then keep going — you’re doing well.”

Reilly still fit at 40 and ripping it for the Panthers

Sports Jun 20, 2017 by Dan Polischuk Kitchener Post

A season after becoming the new Intercounty Baseball League’s all-time home run and hits leader, Kitchener Panthers slugger Sean Reilly still isn’t done writing the record books.

“That’s 100 per cent the reason why I’m back,” said the recently-turned 40-year-old father of two.

“There would be nothing better than winning with (the Panthers).”

Having a chance to reflect on last season, which saw him overtake Randy Curran’s 154 career home runs, Reilly credits his lifestyle change — eating habits, specifically — approximately 10 years ago for his achievements.

“The thought of the gym just made me want to cringe,” said Reilly, who sourced McDonalds’ menu as the common culprit.

“I still remember the first time I went to the gym, our current manager Dave teBoekhorst was actually there and … he showed me the ropes. I just built off of that year after year,” he recalled.

“He gave me advice on proper eating and how to manage my calories. We became pretty close and workout partners and we still do that to this day.”

Now standing at a muscular six-foot-three and 235 pounds, Reilly readily admits that his six-day-a-week gym habit has extended his career to the point where he feels that he “could probably play for another five years — if I wanted to.”

“I want to be productive though. I don’t have anything left to prove,” he said.

Putting up the offensive numbers that he has as well as his physical stature on the diamond, it obviously draws the attention of fellow players looking for tips.

“It’s mostly guys from other teams that have asked me for advice,” said Reilly, adding that “what works for me might not for somebody else.”

“A lot of it depends on body type and what you’re trying to do, like putting on muscle.”

Never having “gone by a book or a program” and just doing “whatever I want to do that day (at the gym),” this season’s current home run leader admits that, at this point in his life, “I’m just trying to maintain” — albeit not shying away from the heavy weights.

“As you get older, you have to put that time into it if you want to get result," he said. “I’ve seen so many people try (working out) and slowly fade off. Once you see the results, though, you want to keep going.”

Aside from hoping for championship-level success on the diamond, a career as a firefighter is an additional motivating factor for Reilly. Having just completed his training for the Toronto fire department, he’s anxiously waiting for a chance to prove himself with an interview.

“I wouldn’t say that (staying in shape) comes easy to me, but it just comes naturally. It’s a lot harder than people think. You have to be on top of things; it’s a challenge.”

“I always say just look in the mirror. If you like what you see, then keep going — you’re doing well.”