Chiefs’ new training programme revealed

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs’ current training regimen is understandably vastly different to what they usually do in-season, and details of these new methods have now been revealed.

It has been over two months since the PSL suspended all football action and clubs stopped training amid the COVID-19 pandemic keeping South Africa in lockdown.

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Instead, players are now having to keep fit individually at home, with most clubs, including Chiefs, using Zoom as a method to administer group sessions.

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Amakhosi’s head of sports science Jarred Marsh has since given details on what exactly their daily sessions entail and how it differs to what they do in a regular session.

“The exercise is not the same as having access to training fields. Training at the Village is geared at playing football. Our online training focuses on preventing injuries,” explained Marsh on his club’s website.

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“We focus on stabilising, doing core, movements, cardiovascular and conditioning. With this programme, we want to keep the players as fit as possible. 

“The training has to generally suit every kind of home setting. Players have three running sessions per week in their programme. 

“Each player responds differently from the impact of road running. We have devised sessions to allow players to build up the intensity of their exercising. 

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“The programme includes building a strong vascular base to allow the acceleration and slowing down movements, which are part of football match functioning.

“Through video, the players are divided into smaller groups. We are able to monitor them via GPS. Every player has a GPS app through which we can monitor the distance covered, speed and his heart rate.

“We don’t know how much time we will be given to prepare for the remaining matches. It is going to be important after lockdown to prepare the team adequately. 

“Lack of match exposure may cause injuries and hamper the results and progress. We are looking forward to the day we return to the pitches.”

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