Can't see the picture of CHT for some reason, is he massive now?
Just goes to show mush peak conditioning & cardio make a significant difference in a team as a whole & an individuals performance come game time…..the Warriors came out this year very fit & that in itself helped exponentially how deep into the finals they got regardless of skill & talent…..I have always had a critical view on how Rugby league players train, having watched a cousin doing Olympic Training for eight years, and me own daughter going into juniors for NZ at aged 12 - training up to four hours a day six days a week and going to school....it has always struck me that the Warriors development systems could be doing a lot more....
I guess that goes for the whole sport, it is rubbish at peak performance trainning compared to Olympians.
And the proof of that is the constant massive gains made in League fitness over the last thirty years which continually proves how far off the performance ceiling this sport has been when it comes to fitness.
I have to be fair to league though, compared to say Athletics, or Swimming, it is a tiny sport in terms of a comparison.
The good news is that the Warriors are not far off the best in show, when it comes to preseason trainning - our lot came out very fit last year after stealing intellectual property and human resources from the best in comp - we literally had one preseason and came out as fit as the Penrith's of the world....no prizes for guessing how that happened.
Getting back to my original point, we need to find a way to train our B team and our C team, as well as little girls in NZ are being trained in Gyms by Eastern European coaches - borderline child abuse - and find a way for them to have to do four hours a day low impact some days, low impact extreme cardio...like my 12 year old girl chewed through like a machine six days a week because it was treated as normal and because 13 year olds were breaking world records and winning Olympic golds.
Exactly this. We have had a number of fitness coaches over the last how many years, from Corvo to Wiki. Physical fitness has always been there or thereabouts. Mental fitness, individuals knowing their roles, working together... Has long been an issue for this club. How many times in the last 10 years have people posted something like 'we aren't a smart team'? That is what Webster has bought in and what has made Penrith so successful also. Training for game situations, resilience and mental strength. That has been the difference. And the more we do it, the more ingrained it becomes. We have had one preseason and one full season under Webster. The improvement has been huge. There will be incremental improvements this season that build on these foundations.Webster said last year our guys were fit and always have been. One thing he stated that he changed was putting them in match type situations so they could see they could do repeated efforts like defend their line for multiple sets then work the ball out from their line. Basically get them believing they could work through situations.
I could see it for a few seconds so here's my crappy screenshot
Anyone have access?