Lightning Post Gym Gains In Isolation

Sunshine Coast Lightning athletes are putting in the groundwork while in isolation and Head Coach Kylee Byrne said players are seeing strength and conditioning gains in the gym.

While restricted to modified training programs and at home gym setups, the delay to the season has given players the opportunity to build a solid baseline fitness level through a variety of training.

“They’ve all taken to this iso life on the fitness side really well, they’ve been cycling and running and doing weights and a gym program at home,” Byrne said.

“That build of the physical preparation –we’re seeing they are stronger, a lot have that real conditioning base, because they’re cycling 50 to 60 km at a time.”

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The strong conditioning base will hold the players’ in good stead when the full pre-season eventually recommences in the coming months.

Byrne said while fitness will not be a concern, getting players back in touch with netball-specific skills and training will be paramount.

“The more important part of this will be transitioning back to netball specific movements,” she said.

“The shorter patterns, the agility, moving from a home base back onto a wooden floor.

“There are a lot of other factors that will come into play here, I’m not worried about our group not being fit, it will just be netball fit that will be the biggest challenge.”

The Super Netball League is poised to make an announcement on the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season by the end of this month.