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Perry Keeping Players Fit

U's stars will be ready to go!

8 April 2020

Sports Scientist Perry Blanchette is keeping the U's players fit using a mobile fitness app.

They are all at home during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but Blanchette is ensuring the players will be ready for when the seaosn recommences.

He has been utilising the Strava app to record their running and bike drills whilst they are unable to train as a group at Florence Park.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "They all log on before they do their running and they’ve been having group chats every day."

"We know what our goals are and what’s to come. They’re fit lads anyway and everyone is on the ball.

"They’ve got the volume of work done and now it’s a case of getting that intensity up, for when they eventually come back.

"Everyone is geared up to commencing the business end of the season. It’s a weird feeling; we were so busy with our training schedule and it’ll be weird when we go back, whenever that might be but hopefully playing games in May and June.

"I put together a workout and core programme for all of the boys to do. All of the boys have been great and have been following their own individual plans.

"I’ve never had any qualms about the boys following them and they’ve been doing something every day.

"I think they’re all itching to get back to get out of the house to finish what they’ve started this season.”

Blanchette has been the first team's Sports Scientist for the past two seasons, having worked at the club for the four previous years.

He continued: "To come out of a season where we’ve been at full tilt to suddenly stopping has been challenging and now it’s about getting the fitness levels right for when the players come back."

"It’s been a challenge but I’ve been constantly talking to my peers and other sports scientists.

"In this unique situation, no-one really knows what’s right and what’s wrong."

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