Strength and conditioning is an important part of the game, the way Steve combines this with core skills and mental agility is unique. It has certainly helped the SAQ's in the 2 squads, as Head Coach, that I am responsible for and as you know we intend to continue.
Putting to one side Steve's conditioning and training methods, I have found Steve's rugby knowledge and experience very useful, the kids respond positively to his observations.
Steve Bannister was appointed conditioning coach for Harrogate Pythons RUFC in September 2009. He transformed the fitness levels of the team by introducing the players to SAQ training techniques which he included in his twice weekly sessions. The effect was immediate with the Pythons pushing for promotion all season, after their promotion the previous season.
Steve has continued to condition the team this season, introducing bleep tests to measure the player's improvements in fitness levels. The Pythons currently are in 3rd place in Yorkshire 4.
The sessions are well attended and enjoyed by all who participate. Some players are even employing Steve for extra personal training with Conditioned Training.
I can thoroughly endorse Steve's methods and the positive effect it has had on Harrogate Pythons RUFC
Steve assisted with the physical preparation of the under 20 and under 18 player squads. Steve showed he was more than capable of leading training sessions. He showed that he has a very positive coaching style in the delivery of his sessions. He was professional, reliable and enthusiastic and built up a good rapport with coaches, players and staff.
Apex SLM is a sports consultancy and coaching company providing focused specialised programmes to enable individuals develop as participants in their chosen sports, with an emphasis on the delivery of quality sessions. Utalising the latest knowledge and understanding Apex Performance coaching programmes brings detailed sports specific delivery to young people wishing to achieve their top potential. Our partnership with Conditioned Training on our Rugby Academy, summer coaching programme as well as our Rugby and Netball conditioning sessions allows our athletes to benefit from experts on the physical conditioning necessary to succeed.
Combining physical training relevant to their sport, Conditioned Training are also educating the Rugby and Netball players in terms of their own conditioning. Andy Gair, Development Director for Apex SLM, highlighted that "our players are buzzing after the sessions delivered by 'Conditioned Training', not only because the workouts are so good, but also because the players learn so much about physical conditioning. It is influencing their confidence and involvement in activities outside their chosen sport."
As our programmes grow and expand we will hope to maintain our association with Conditioned Training and expand the range and number of young athletes that benefit from the sessions on offer.
Luke Handley, Titans Chairman
Conditioned Training helped increase our performances massively last year. We train late on an evening and the dedication they show to come at unsuitable hours is great. Jake took us for most of the season and got us fit within a couple of weeks with training that was specific to Rugby League. We went on to win the league with an unbeaten season and we owe a lot of thanks to Jake and Conditioned Training
Conditioned Training is proud to support and train the following teams
Conditioned Training also works with various schools, whether for a specific sport, or conditioning for a range of sports. We are committed to the progress of young students in their sport and overall to the school. We are currently working with: