REACHING FOR STARS: Jets flyer Michael Purcell gets into shape while training at CrossFit Western Front at North Ipswich.
REACHING FOR STARS: Jets flyer Michael Purcell gets into shape while training at CrossFit Western Front at North Ipswich. David Nielsen

Why Jets are all fired up on Western Front

IT IS far from quiet on the western front.

Four times a week, 40 of the Ipswich Jets players do a cross-fit program as part of their new partnership with CrossFit Western Front at North Ipswich.

It is a 12-week, high intensity pre-season program that is already reaping rewards.

While footballers have always done weights, it is the way the Jets are doing them that is a change-up from the past. The side, coached by Ben and Shane Walker, is always looking at ways to improve and not resting on what they did last year.

Jets co-coach Ben Walker works up a sweat training at CrossFit Western Front.
Jets co-coach Ben Walker works up a sweat training at CrossFit Western Front. David Nielsen

 

"You've got to give the players a different stimulus," Ben Walker said.

"Everyone does weights, so we are not re-inventing the wheel, it is just that we are doing our weights in a different way to what we have always done them.

"I've been doing it for 12 months and I am lifting more now than when I played footy. If I can do that at my age then I know there will be benefits for the players with the strength and muscle endurance you get from that kind of training.

"We have already seen improvements in the players who have been doing it for two and a half weeks. The lifting is not that dissimilar to what we already do.

"It is an all-body workout and they are only short sessions but really intense, not too dissimilar to the way we play at the Jets. We do it four times a week and it really suits our style because it is all about short, sharp intense bursts."

Rory Humphreys does the hard yards at training.
Rory Humphreys does the hard yards at training. David Nielsen

 

Walker said he had seen significant improvements in Sam Martin and Luke Capewell, while hooker Mikaere Beattie had lost eight kilos.

"Huskie (Fakahoko Teutau) already does it and he was one of our strongest last season having experienced it himself," Walker said.

"So I know they are going to get some benefits in their strength and muscle endurance."

Walker said the training he did on Monday with the players took nine and a half minutes.

"And at the end of the nine and a half minutes I was completely gassed," he said.

"It felt like I was flogging myself for an hour."



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