The University of St Mark & St John sports centre welcomed the Exeter Chiefs squad on Friday as part of their pre-season training. The Chiefs headed down the A38 for an afternoon which literally pushed their players to their maximum. Not only did the Chiefs squad engage in swimming, wall climbing, reaction testing and weightlifting, but endurance and stamina work were also put to the test in a series of tests, including working at 96% humidity in temperatures of up to 35 degrees in the centre’s Sports Science Lab sealed environmental chamber which offers a state-of-the-art facility for simulating training and performance at extreme temperature and altitude.
Commenting on the visit, Mark Twiggs – Chiefs’ Head of Strength and Conditioning said:
“All the time we are looking to test the players in different environments. Coming down to Marjon was another way of testing the lads through a series of challenges and we’re delighted with the results they have produced. “To have a facility like Marjon so close to us is fantastic and we’d like to thank everyone at the University of St Mark and St John for the support they have shown us.”
Stan Cinnamond, Director of Sport at Marjon said:
“We are very pleased that Exeter Chiefs have chosen the University of St Mark & St John for their challenge day. We hope that this initial visit will lead to a closer working relationship and that both parties can gain mutual benefits by developing a partnership in the future. It is encouraging that so many talented professional teams are choosing Marjon for our outstanding facilities and support. Our aim to ensure we continue as a centre for sporting excellence also benefits our students and the general public”.
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