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    Default Returning to the game

    I'm considering coming back as a referee after 2years off. My fitness isn't great at the moment, and I was after some advice on how I can get myself back to being match fit.

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    Default Re: Returning to the game

    The short version: probably run and exercise.

    Other wiser souls will have a fuller answers.

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    Start at a low level, and see how bad your fitness really is. At the lowest level - having a ref is a bonus, so fitness less of an issue. Then it is a case of running, cycling, anything really - to improve teh fitness. Then if you really want to do ref specific stuff, ask your society, or higher level refs, and tailor a program around reffing and your deficiencies.

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    Default Re: Returning to the game

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSmith View Post
    The short version: probably run and exercise.

    Other wiser souls will have a fuller answers.

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    At least for early doors I reckon Simon and Flipflop are spot on. base fitness aka "stamina" is the bed rock. You'll need to add some sprint to that eventually but a really good base "fotness" will make that easier, and will also provide for faster recovery from a sprint (for when you geta 2nd one straight afterwards!).


    As a starting point - can you run 5Km/3 miles non stop at the moment? Ir maybe, can you run non stop for 40 minutes (eg a half!) That wold be a decent finger-in-the-air starting point.


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    join your local society, get the L10/11 games and enjoy it! Once you've got the feel for reffin (again?) you'll know where you are fitness wise. If you plan to be reffin in Japan in 4 years time you'll have a lot of work to do, but if as most, you just want to be involved at county level, basic running/swimming/cycling etc will give you what you need and if you want to be at the top end of the county scene then some sprint work will be a need too

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    In order:

    1. Nutrition
    2. Nutrition
    3. Nutrition
    4. HIIT
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    Quote Originally Posted by barker14610 View Post
    In order:

    1. Nutrition
    2. Nutrition
    3. Nutrition
    4. HIIT
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebfg View Post
    join your local society, get the L13/15 games and enjoy it! Once you've got the feel for reffin (again?) you'll know where you are fitness wise. ....
    ftfy ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wedgie View Post
    ftfy ;-)
    says he's a L10 ref

    and don't know about Kent, but I hear a lot of societies are struggling to field refs much below L10, hence the L10/11 suggestion
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    Not convinced High Intensity Interval Training is the easiest/best way to get back to match fitness.
    Good for maintaining fitness perhaps.
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