Footy is a numbers game.
As an under 20’s NRL player, my life is ruled by numbers.
It is a life of measurement and incremental improvement. Every skill practice, drill, fitness and weights session, every day of every week is a step closer to where I want to be.
How many balls have I kicked or passed this year? I don’t know. But it’s never enough.
So what does my everyday look like…
4.30am: This is wake up time for me every day.
5 am: Is when I hit the gym for 2 hours. Here I do mostly weights and some body strength work.
8.30am: Is when I start work. I realise that NRL is an unpredictable game and anything can happen. I want to make sure I have a plan B if I get seriously injured and also that I am prepared for life after my playing career.
4.30pm: Afternoons are for game and skills training. These sessions generally consist of 1 hour of drills – sprints, agility and passing and 1 hour of tactics, strategy and set play practice.
During this time we also have a designated 20 minutes for a one on one review of our performance the previous weekend.
In addition to this, during the day it is extremely important that I:
. Eat 6 meals a day
. Drink 4 Litres of hydration
. Get 8 hours of sleep
Then repeat above x 6 days. If we have a game, training the day before will be slightly easier in preparation and post-game is usually followed by recovery.
At the end of the week all I want to be is one of the first 17. I know if I pay attention to the little things – like never missing a 4:30am start, and never skipping a meal – that in the end it will add up and I will be one step closer to achieving my goal.