Collingwood Football Club captain, Scott Pendlebury, talks to Inside Sport about training, motivation and career goals.
How does training help your performance on the pitch?
We try do all training that emulates what we do on the ground. It's vital we get a good training base in to our bodies so we can handle the season when it's comes around. Train as you play, is the motto we go by at the footy club.
What's a typical training session for you?
A typical day at Collingwood is 8.00am through to 4.00pm. To kick off training we start on field, doing a 120-150 minute session followed by recovery. Lunch for an hour breaks the day, then weights and conditioning. We generally finish with Yoga and recovery.
How often do you train in a year?
We train year round. Each player would get two whole weeks off a year, then we are expected to be either training on our own away from the club, or back into the training with Collingwood.
Any specific training tips for getting faster?
It is very important to train both with speed on the track and in the gym with the appropriate strengthening exercises.
What kind of obstacles have you overcome to achieve your goals?
All athletes will be required to overcome certain obstacles to achieve success. The two which I would say have the biggest impact would be injuries and pressure to perform.
What's your advice for someone who's struggling to find motivation to reach their goals?
Make sure your goals are realistic and ensure you have a good support network around you. Tell people close to you what your goals are and they'll help keep you accountable.
Has training changed a lot for you in the past few years?
Not really, we have had a solid program at the club now for a while and if anything we have become a lot smarter with training. Coaches identify when to push and when to pull back on guys. I suppose the biggest change would be that we have very individualised programs these days.
How do you fuel your body to train so hard?
My wife, Alex is a nutritionist, so I have a big advantage there with my food and understanding how important of a role it plays. As athletes we need to make sure we eat to perform and eat to recover. It's a massive part of my routine to make sure I consume enough and the right type of foods. Alex has me sorted on that.
Scott Pendlebury wears PUMA evoPOWER 1.3.