Tigers star's scheme to beat summer calories

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/tigers-stars-scheme-to-beat-summer-calories-20131019-2vtnp.html

Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence is so determined to start next year with a cutting edge he has maintained a calorie-killer training program while many of his teammates are spending their annual leave at sun-drenched locations to recover from a nightmare of a season.
Before the 24-year-old stopped counting he burnt 3000 calories in three gut-busting sessions at the beginning of the week in his new fitness studio at Five Dock in the inner west. The centre, who has played six Tests for Australia but blamed ‘‘niggling’’ injuries for destroying his 2013 campaign, sent his army of Twitter followers into a tailspin when one of his tweets contained a graph and stats showing he incinerated 1225 calories in 77 minutes’ worth of weights and cardio exercise.
While he said he was in no danger of burning himself out during his break, he was determined to return to pre-season training ripped and ready to help the Tigers to improve upon a winter of discontent. Injuries to key players and form slumps left rookie NRL coach Michael Potter in the unenviable situation of needing to call upon young players who weren’t ready for first grade.
‘‘It was disappointing, a season I’d like to forget from an individual and team perspective,’’ Lawrence said of a year in which the Wests Tigers finished second last on the ladder. ‘‘It was one of those years … well, I’ve had a few injuries over the last couple of years but this was the most frustrating with injuries. [They were] just little niggly injuries that prevented me from not only being able to take the field at 100 per cent but [also] being able to train for most of the week. It was frustrating. Towards the back end of the year I was only doing one session on my legs a week and a few other guys were the same. The most frustrating thing about that was if there’s things in your game that you need to work on - which a few of the blokes did and I did - is even though you want to get out there, we can’t because if we put any more extra on our legs, we were going to make things worse.’’
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Lawrence said even though the Wests Tigers had lost some key players, including rugby recruit Benji Marshall, there was good reason for success-starved supporters to have faith in the younger players coming through the ranks.
‘‘All the young players got more time [in first grade this season] than they would have thought and that’s going to be hugely beneficial for their careers,’’ he said.
‘‘To see guys coming through like David Nofoaluma, those guys would’ve only got a few games without the injuries. There’s going to be some great development with those players in the next few years.’’
Lawrence, who is contracted to Wests until the end of 2015, had received widespread acclaim for his initiative to go to schools and corporations to explain the benefits of good health and nutrition in an easy-to-understand manner.
He recently opened his fitness studio, One Wellbeing, to conduct boot camps and personal training over summer in sessions that he said were based on what he’d learnt during his time as a top-grader in the NRL. Lawrence said one of the hardest things footballers endured during their break was curbing their appetites.
‘‘During the footy season because of the amount of energy we burn we need to have the bigger portions,’’ he said. ‘‘We know we’ll be burning the calories but over the four or six weeks we have off, when we’re not burning 2000 calories in two training sessions a day, I go from eating a lot of food to really cutting back. It’s hard and you find a lot of blokes struggle. They come back to the first day of pre-season and while they might not have been on the drink they struggle because they might not have adjusted their appetite to be in line with their less intense training sessions.’’


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Great to see that Rowdy is putting in the hard yards as usual Must be one of the hardest working players at the club

Still hopes he spends a few weeks with a sprint coach in the off season

Wow. No words to express my admiration for the guy. Always knew he was a champ, but i seriously hope he returns to 100% cause he sure as hell deserves it.

Would love to see him get back to his best but he has basically had 2 wasted seasons in a row now and the young-un’s are passing him by.

Never write off a champ….

Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

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Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

He’s 24. Please explain how he’s anywhere near his use by date? Simona is 2 years younger to compare.

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@Anthism:

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Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

He’s 24. Please explain how he’s anywhere near his use by date? Simona is 2 years younger to compare.

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Has he played well since 2011? Most would say no so there is a huge question mark over whether he can still perform as well as he did a few years ago. Not so much as nearing his use-by date as facing an uphill battle to get picked in front of the new guys.

@Anthism:

@Fade To Black:

Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

He’s 24. Please explain how he’s anywhere near his use by date? Simona is 2 years younger to compare.

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Spot on

A hip dislocation and several more injuries throughout 2013, in an already battling team will make many players look like ****.

Here’s lawrence’s foot after a game this year: pic.twitter.com/a6JU0z9fHt

He played many more games in the year, including the round right afterwards I believe.

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@Anthism:

@Fade To Black:

Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

He’s 24. Please explain how he’s anywhere near his use by date? Simona is 2 years younger to compare.

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Has he played well since 2011? Most would say no so there is a huge question mark over whether he can still perform as well as he did a few years ago. Not so much as nearing his use-by date as facing an uphill battle to get picked in front of the new guys.

Who has been good in this team since 2011?
I’m stuck on anyone other than Farah
Young ones have had a few good games but they are yet to play a full season of nrl. You’d be silly not to take a chance on him next year given his experience. His deficiency is defense and I’m far from convinced with our entire squad in this compartment. Speed will come back and I’m sure of it.

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@pHyR3:

A hip dislocation and several more injuries throughout 2013, in an already battling team will make many players look like ****.

Here’s lawrence’s foot after a game this year: pic.twitter.com/a6JU0z9fHt

He played many more games in the year, including the round right afterwards I believe.

Nobody is saying that the bloke doesn’t have a big ticker. Of course he is playing in a team that is struggling but Nofo and Simona did more than alright in the same team.

@Anthism:

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@Anthism:

@Fade To Black:

Even champions have a use-by date though. It catches up with them all eventually.

He’s 24. Please explain how he’s anywhere near his use by date? Simona is 2 years younger to compare.

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Has he played well since 2011? Most would say no so there is a huge question mark over whether he can still perform as well as he did a few years ago. Not so much as nearing his use-by date as facing an uphill battle to get picked in front of the new guys.

Who has been good in this team since 2011?
I’m stuck on anyone other than Farah
Young ones have had a few good games but they are yet to play a full season of nrl. You’d be silly not to take a chance on him next year given his experience. His deficiency is defense and I’m far from convinced with our entire squad in this compartment. Speed will come back and I’m sure of it.

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Of course. But will he end up being Moltzen x2? The same people that want Lawrence at all costs may be the same ones that continually bag Moltzen, he has had plenty of serious injuries that he could use as an excuse also. As was originally stated, I bloody well hope that Lawrence can be a star again but speed ain’t guaranteed to come back to any athlete after bad leg injuries. We can’t afford the luxury of fitting a player into our team just because he is a favourite son, we have played that broken record too many times in the last few years with Benji.

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@pHyR3:

A hip dislocation and several more injuries throughout 2013, in an already battling team will make many players look like ****.

Here’s lawrence’s foot after a game this year: pic.twitter.com/a6JU0z9fHt

He played many more games in the year, including the round right afterwards I believe.

Nobody is saying that the bloke doesn’t have a big ticker. Of course he is playing in a team that is struggling but Nofo and Simona did more than alright in the same team.

Don’t think they were coming off hip dislocations nor did their feet look like the picture I posted post-game….

I like most of us hope he returns to devastating form. I also would like to see him concentrate on speed and agility when he feels he is fully recovered. What we cannot have is a repeat of his 2013 form. The ball is in his court.

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