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Circuit training stretches stars to the limit

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:00 pm

07.01.2007

Morning training on Sunday, day three of Bayern's winter training camp, saw the players warm up at the Police Officers Sports Club with a game resembling handball, but over on the touchline, kit man Thomas Reschke was busy unpacking a metal container, from which he extracted a four-metre elastic rope. The demands made by this piece of equipment on the players' fitness were soon to become apparent, although the apparatus was just one of nine exercises in the squad's first circuit training session of the new year.

Reschke tied one end of the rope around himself, with the other end wrapped around a player's waist. The routine required the star to stretch the rope until taut, sprint on the spot for ten seconds, remove the rope as directed by the kit man, sprint forward to a waiting ball, and blast as hard as possible at goal.

<b>Tough but enjoyable</b>

A ball was part of all nine stations on the circuit, increasing the fun factor in the rigorous and demanding strength and stamina exercises which included hurdling with sideways leaps, sit-ups, press-ups, and a variety of pace and aerial power routines. The ball was driven, passed or headed at every station, apart from a set-up designed to tone the stomach muscles, where the ball was of the medicine variety rather than leather.

"This is hard training," Mark van Bommel confessed afterwards as the players completed the 'Circuit of Pain' in pairs for a good hour. Many collapsed to the turf with exhaustion at the end, but there was no mistaking an upbeat and positive atmosphere at the training ground. "We've done good work, and you always enjoy it when you're doing good work," van Bommel insisted.
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