- Meet Jack Mclean: Your Expert Guide to AFL Conditioning
Jack Mclean is not your average coach. He’s a seasoned professional when it comes to preparing athletes for the grueling demands of the AFL season. With years of experience under his belt, he’s well-versed in the intricacies of getting athletes in peak condition. In this blog post, Jack will share his top insights into how to develop the ideal AFL body.
- Unveiling the Secrets of Building an AFL Body
Jack Mclean knows that building an AFL body is not just about pumping iron in the gym. It’s a holistic approach that involves diet, recovery, and focused training. In this post, he’ll reveal the key elements that go into crafting the perfect physique for Australian Rules Football.
- The Core Components of Your Training Week
A week in the life of an AFL athlete is far from ordinary. Jack takes you through a typical week in his training regime, breaking down the essential components, including conditioning, strength work, and skill development. If you’ve ever wondered how the pros structure their training, this section has all the answers.
- Battling Injuries and Staying Motivated
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any sport, and AFL is no exception. Jack shares his insights on dealing with injuries and offers valuable advice on how to stay motivated throughout the season. It’s not just about physical resilience but mental strength as well.
- The Muscles Behind the Game
AFL is a game that demands a lot from your body. Jack delves into the specific muscle groups that come into play during the game, highlighting their significance in the sport:
🏋️ Hips: These are crucial for stability and balance, which are vital for runners. Uncovering how imbalances can lead to injury and how to address them. 💪 Shoulders: The open, unstable joint of the shoulder needs strength for injury prevention and player safety. 🦵 Knees: A hotspot for injuries, especially the dreaded ACL tear, and how strengthening the knee area can prevent them.
- The Role of Size in AFL
While AFL players come in diverse shapes and sizes, certain physical attributes do provide advantages. Jack explains how height, arm length, and body fat percentages play a role in an athlete’s performance on the field.
- Piling on the Pounds: Gaining Weight the Right Way
AFL players need to be mindful of their diets, especially around training times. Discover how eating to complement your workouts can help optimize your gains and keep you fuller for longer.
- The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is a critical component of recovery and peak performance. Jack discusses how professional athletes need 8-10 hours of sleep each night and why getting enough rest is vital for every player.
- Crafting a Diet for Weight Loss
For those looking to shed some kilos, the right diet is essential. Jack touches on the pre-fueling aspect of training, explaining the energy and nutrition needs of athletes during training sessions and games.
- Pro Tips to Start Taking Action
Get ready to put these tips into action. Jack provides a sneak peek of some of the key takeaways and the next steps to kickstart your AFL journey.
Jack McLean is the founder of Prepare Like a Pro. He loves coaching people so that they can reach their personal/professional goals and become the best that they can possibly be. He is currently the Strength & Rehab Coach of Melbourne Football Club and has worked as Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hawthorn Football Club. Jack is a Level 3 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and Professional Coach and a Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation Coach.