Training heats up for Titans
GOLD Coast Titans coach, John Cartwright, and his training staff put the club's senior squad through their paces in their first training run after a short Christmas-New Year hiatus at Robina's Station Reserve today.
With the temperature hovering around the 34 degree mark, the squad spent just over 90 minutes going through a series of football skills drills and fitness regimes - breaking regularly to quench their thirsts and shower their heads with cups of water.
All the players did it tough under the conditions in their first team hit-out in three weeks and there's little doubt steam would have sizzled from their bodies when they hit the indoor pool at the club's Centre of Excellence at the completion of training.
"They did OK and all of them put-in for the full duration of the session," said coach Cartwright.
"It was tough going for all of them in the heat but none of them shirked their work - you can't ask much more than that."
Cartwright says he couldn't have be happier with the level of the players' fitness prior to the holiday break.
"Just about all of them were doing personal bests across all aspects of training," he said.
"We give them regular tests on the (stationary) bike - they pedal for 2.5kms - and then they are put through a 2km run time trial.
"Nearly all of them were pulling in PBs and the others were giving their best performances a nudge as well.
"They'll be pretty fit by the time of the first trial game against the Warriors on February 4."
That game will be over in Auckland but the Titans will be in action on the Gold Coast the following week, hosting Brisbane Broncos at Pizzey Park, Miami.