Spare a thought for the stars of world rugby league. While their club mates scoot away to the tropics or over to the States on that well-deserved end-of-season trip, the game's biggest names have to keep going as they prepare for what's become an "international season"; of sorts across October and November.
Hardened professionals like Sam Burgess wouldn't have it any other way. The West Yorkshire-born likable giant talks to Inside Sport about his routine after finishing the season and before starting the International fixtures.
Off Season bliss
"It's certainly nice to have a little break at the end of the club season. All the guys performing at this level really enjoy the training and the physical side of things, but I tell you what, the one thing you feel good about is not having to wake up in the morning following a game and struggling to get up and down the stairs. That's a nice thing at the end of the year.
"But I certainly know from my time preparing with the England boys, we're training hard together; really pushing ourselves through the boundaries. As far as training and playing goes, a lot of the guys never stop, really.
"Me and my wife have just got back from Hayman Island in the Whitsundays; we spent the week up there. We had a nice little break together and now I'm just getting back into the training, getting my body prepared for what's going to be an exciting Four Nations coming up in England.";
Getting some shut eye
"It's good to be able to catch-up on your sleep during the off-season as well. If you happen to have an 8.00pm kick-off, the game is likely to end around 10.00 -10.30pm. After that you do your recovery, and by the time you get back home to bed it's 1.00am. Even at that late hour the adrenaline is still running through your body and you're still thinking about performance and all that sort of stuff, just because you're competing at such a high level. There are plenty of reasons why you might struggle to sleep, but then again, some players are tired enough to be able to get some rest, mate.";
Sam Burgess is Canterbury ambassador talking to Inside Sport Magazine.