TEAM CHECK IN: HAROLD MATTHEWS CUP
Over the next few weeks we will be checking in on each of our teams to see how pre-season training is going. With five teams currently training it is a feat of organisation to ensure each squad has access to field, gym, Physios, Trainers, Strength & Conditioning Coaches and, of course, their Head Coach to ensure they are maintaining a high level of performance.
To start the series, we chatted with Hayden Gregory, Strength & Conditioning Coach our our Harold Matthews Cup U17s junior representative squad. Hayden has been impressed with how the team is training so far “The boys are hitting three gym sessions a week in their own time and one with the club which is a high intensity strength and conditioning circuit.” The current focus is on building muscle through hypertrophy training.
On the field the team are mixing it up with three conditioning blocks a week which involves Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) interval work, sprints and longer aerobic work. This includes a lot of bodyweight conditioning such as wrestling, push ups, sit ups, planks and burpees mixed with running.
Who’s leading your training challenges so far?
- Yoyo Test – Marshall Le Maitre is leading the way with a score of 17.5.
- Max Push Ups in 1 minute: Marshall Le Maitre is in the lead with 70 reps.
- Squat 130kg 3 rep max – Nash Hillier, Kye Stewart, Jonathan Ryan and Hugh Spackman
- Bench Press 110kg 3 rep max – Nash Hillier and Marshall Le Maitre