Amanda, a Sufferlandrian who has been with us since we released our first video, recently sent me this email which I thought I’d share with you all. I love it because even elite athletes from other sports can benefit from a little trip to Sufferlandria now and again.
As you know, I’ve been training with The Sufferfest for two years now – it’s the cornerstone of my endurance training for rugby. I do at least one Suffer-session per week, using the longer interval videos in the off-season and Revolver and The Downward Spiral in pre-season. During the competition phase, I mix it around depending on other training demands.
Anyway, at the National Championships this year, I performed very well. One independent strength and conditioning professional estimated my fitness to be in the top 5% of all players in the country – pretty impressive when you consider most others in the top 15 % would be in the Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) training squad!
And, in fact, the ARU calculated some statistics from the final and concluded I had the highest workrate in the country and recommended my inclusion in the Australian 7s squad on the basis of my “outstanding” performance. I’m extremely proud of that, and while I do a lot of other training, my endurance is a testament to the effectiveness of the Sufferfest videos and I hope you are proud of that, too
The Aussie Sevens squad won’t take me on the basis that I’m too old and they’re preparing for the 2016 Olympics. But next month, I have the opportunity to play against them in a 7s tournament and you can be sure I’ll make them suffer for not including me on such a silly basis 😉
Hope this finds you well. I’m very much looking forward to A Dark Place!