The Melbourne Storm are among the fittest sides in the NRL, with front rower Tohu Harris attributing their conditioning to a strong, high performance unit at the club. Their high performance unit works in tandem with their football department to maximise the results achieved by training outside of the football pitch.
“During the season, high performance stuff – aerobic and strength – is mainly what they like to do with us,” Harris said.
“Craig [Bellamy] lets the performance staff handle that sort of stuff and he likes to handle the footy side of things.”
However, Harris also puts in the hard yards in his own time, in conjunction with the specialist coaches the club has on offer.
“Sometimes, if I feel like I need to, I’ll do extra sessions here and there. Our strength coach always makes himself available whenever we need to – especially with weights,” he said. “During the week though, it’s doing whatever you can. If you want to be fairly fresh and ready to go whenever you can.”
It’s a set up that pays off in spades for the Storm, with even the juniors enthusiastically taking part in outside high performance sessions.
“Most of the boys are in the gym though outside of training – especially those who want and need to put on size,” Harris said. “It’s good to see these kids doing what they need to do in the gym.”
The extra training and conditioning have paid off with the Storm currently sitting in the number one position on the ladder. With the Grand Final within sight, it’s more important now than ever, that the Storm remain in tip top shape to secure the coveted spot in the Grand Final on October 2, 2016.