ALDEN WILLIAMS/STUFF Simon Thomas, Crusaders’ head of strength and conditioning, explains why he wants to measure barbell speeds. Ever feel aimless in the gym or uncertain of the value of plodding around the block? What do the elite conditioning methods of a team like the Crusaders have to teach. JOHN McCRONE reports. We are in the Crusaders gym and their fitness coach, Simon Thomas, is talking about differences in training personality. The dot system. Red dot people want their information in bullet point form, says Thomas. “No fluff and straight to the point. You write it, I’ll do it.” Purple dots, by contrast, prefer creative involvement. “It’s important to engage with them, so they feel their ideas are going into the process.” READ MORE:Stuff sports reporter challenges the Crusaders in ‘brutal’ Bronco fitness testShould your workout routine change as you age?Animal Flow: The workout for your inner animalWhy your exercise routine should include weight lifting Yellow dots expect a hyper-detailed plan for the day, while blue dots are more about the mood or vibe. “If I know a player likes a lot of detail, I’ll say I’ll meet you on that corner at 10.03am and we’ll do 15 minutes. “Whereas… Read full this story
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