||By Ryan Rowe
Bonnyton Thistle Journalist
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Alan prides himself on his workouts being football-orientated and claimed he is “sick” of seeing ex pros break down with back problems and other injuries. His workouts, like the one he set up for Bonnyton today, focus on core stability, leg muscles and the back. These are what he believes to be key and Ian Higgins, Bobby Biggar and Neil Wilson (the Bonnyton coaching staff) all seem to agree. They hope this will become a regular occurrence when games are cancelled – especially over the Christmas months. This would give Bonnyton that bit of edge when the leagues restarts after the winter period – and we all know that is when the business end of the season starts.
The boys did their standard warm-up before stretching to loosen the muscles and help prevent injury. Alan set up his circuit as the team grouped into pairs. A variety of workout stations awaited the boys with exercises like “supermans”, “planks”, “Russian twists”, “walking lunges”, “squats with dumbells” and “wobble-board press-ups” amongst others. After putting the work in a ten second juice break was allowed before the team was arranged into a line to perform ‘leap-frogs’ with their partner.
We managed to grab a few words with Ian Higgins (Head Coach), Alan McGill (Personal trainer) and Kieran McCrum (Captain). Ian pledged his hope that the sessions could become “a regular thing” while Alan said that he thought the team “thoroughly enjoyed it” and “did well”. Kieran stated that he felt the “sliders” were the toughest of the exercises.
The boys looked in reasonable shape for 8.30 in the morning but hopefully as these sessions become more regular they will excel and be able to take this work ethic and extra fitness onto the pitch. This core work could provide the difference towards the end of the season when the medals are handed out.