In pre-season, the 3-minute test is great to calculate Maximum Minute Power (MMP) to set baseline performance figures for the season ahead. From this, we can tell more accurately in the season if our players are retaining power, highlighting if there’s any drop off or if they are recovering well.
When we’re in the full throws of the season, players don’t have too many weeks off so they would get bored if we were repeatedly testing them so we keep it varied, but specific variety.
Typically, our bigger guys perform better in the shorter, explosive tests. However, we do see the backs as some of our top performers when it comes to peak power. Some of our backs are able to compete with our centres in that respect. When it comes to the 1km time trial test, a fair few of our players come in in under 1 minute. But, a couple of our young players, Ollie Chesum and George Martin, both back row, are hard to beat. Ollie has recorded it in 55 seconds, and I haven’t seen a faster time than that. George is chasing right behind at 56 seconds in his most recent go. The competition is hotting up, but they're all extremely supportive of each other. It’s always healthy competition in our training room, we wouldn’t accept anything less from our guys.
“They all beat themselves up if they don’t perform. It’s the nature of elite athletes. They’re competitive animals.”
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