Just because the nib Newcastle Knights are in isolation, doesn’t mean there’s not competition within the playing group.
With the NRL competition in limbo as a result of COVID-19, the Knights aren’t sitting back playing video games all day while away from the field.
With weights and training schedules at their homes, the players have been vigilant in maintaining fitness while self-isolating.
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When it comes to the standout trainer, Knights captain Mitch Pearce has nominated Test prop David Klemmer.
“Big Klem was outstanding this week,” Pearce told the Sunday Footy Show.
“He probably ran more than any of the boys. He just loves his footy Klem, he’d be going insane at his house.”
Inside the home gym of the Saifiti Twins
In regular contact with his teammates, Pearce revealed the players have been keeping each other motivated via an app on their phones.
“There’s a little app that the Sports Science (team and Head of Performance) Balin Cupples has set up,” Pearce said.
“We basically try and compete against each other with how many k’s we’ve got to get and the boys are really buying into it.
“…when someone puts a training session up, someone else is trying to out-do them.”
Inside the home gym of Hymel Hunt
Aside from the app, the players have kept in contact with each other through FaceTime and WhatsApp.
There’s been no shortage of accountability with the teammates sharing workouts and results in a bid to keep motivation and competition at a premium and it’s paying off throughout the early stages of the self-isolation period.
“We have a WhatsApp with the team and group,” he said.
“The boys are working really hard. Everyone has been egging each other on.
“The boys are getting through plenty of work, especially this week. We’re really proud of each other with what we’ve been doing and we’ve got to maintain that.”