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What does your standard training week involve?
A standard week during season training starts with a day of game review and recovery; a light steady pace run, bike, recovery weights and ice baths. Still early in the week we focus on the technical part of our skills and the game plan. Training will be at a very low intensity with a high volume of touch and skill specific drills. In the middle of the week our main skills day consists of a solid day of training out on the field and a heavy weights session in the gym. Finally, we will have a light skills session the day before the game to get some touch in.
Where is your favourite place to train?
My favourite training venue other than outside on the track training and improving my skills with the footy would be in the gym. The gym is where we as athletes get bigger, stronger, and faster… better. Not to mention the relaxed environment having just put in a good training session outside.
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
2XU Compression socks & Calf Sleeve I use Elite Compression socks when I play during the game helping my run out most games and alleviating a lot of pressure form my shins and calves. I’m spotted wearing my Calf sleeves immediately after my games and usually a couple days after the game to help the recovery with my calves. Elite, thermal & Recovery compression Tights Elite and thermal training compression tights are really good to train in during the week providing some good compression during high intense running. Also as the football season is in the winter ,the tights provide some warmth during the colder months of the season. Elite Golf L/S Compression Top Days off, I’m usually finding a golf course to play golf and the compression top has really alleviated a lot of pressure off of my back and my shoulders.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
In 2010 I broke my Leg weeks before the start of my sports season. I was told I wouldn’t be able to play for the entire season and I would have to go through rehab for nearly 9 months. It was really tough not being able to compete with my teammates.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
I think the biggest mistake I notice is doubt or a lack of confidence. I always say to myself; ‘go for it, what’s the worst that can happen, you fail’?
What motivates you to train and race harder?
First, my family and all of those who have helped pave the way for me to get this far, but personally I want to be the best I can be. I want to surprise myself.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
Usually 2 days before the game I’ll start carb loading and drinking a lot of fluids. Usually before a game I’ll have 2 eggs scrambled, bacon and toast, a 600ml of Chocolate milk and Gatorade.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
Sometimes training full time as a professional athlete, your mind can become overwhelmed with thinking sport, sport and more sport. I like to watch a lot of movies and play the piano to take my mind off of things.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
The best thing about being a professional athlete is staying fit for a career and being a role model for others. The worst part is sometimes the sacrifices you have to make for your career are big and affect those close to you.
In five years time, I'll be:
Hopefully still competing professionally and staying in shape and inspiring people to take risks.