Sports scientist and Fitness
1 Coach at Premiership club ‘ West Ham United.
“I joined West Ham as a full-time staff member in July. Technically I’m their sports scientist. My job is to ensure the players are fit from the start of the season The whole pre-season has already been planned; it has to be, because we have objectives to achieve. Initially that’s baseline fitness, building up an aerobic base, building up muscles, strengthening joints because they’re going to encounter more intense work later on.
We’re trying to get the players fit and strong enough to tolerate high intensity sprint work, plyometric work and high intensity strength work. Plyometrics is strength applied very rapidly, so you need to be strong enough to deal with that.
You can, if you do it prematurely, injure people. The last thing we want is to have injuries. There should never be injuries in training.
Speed, agility, strength and aerobic efficiency are the issue. They’re my objectives through pre-season, to have a fit, strong squad.
Diet is crucial.You can’t train someone properly until they’re eating correctly. We have to make sure our players are hydrated. Studies show the importance of hydration while on hcg diet.
Take off and land with feet shoulder length apart, jumping as high as possible over a series of two-foot hurdles. Land as softly as possible in a low squat. The quicker you perform these, the better. You should make contact with the ground for as short a time as possible. Try five sets of five reps, each separated by a second gap.
Clutch two medicine balls, or wear wrist and ankle weights, and hop from a set of cones to another, which should be six metres away. Then return to the first set of cones using the other leg. Complete a set on each leg and then rest for two minutes. Repeat five times.