The inside story

The Bobby Circuit was a complete dynamic wholesome and rhythmic group exercise that catered well for a huge number of people.

Paired according to size, stamina and speed, players would jog thrice or so around the pitch in two rows.

The leading pair would sprint for about 10 metres and then revert to the jog, and then the next two would do the same overtaking the leaders, and keep a 10-metre distance ahead of the leaders and so forth until the leaders were in their initial leading position.

Next, in similar fashion, it would develop into a zigzag sprint until, again, the leaders were ahead of the pack and every pair had their turn. The leaders determined what came next and they would wait until all had their turn.

Those in front would then bend over, feet astride for the next pair to jump over them. The third pair would jump over the first and crawl under the next two, all at very high pace.

The over and under pattern would repeat itself until the leaders were in front and everyone was done.

The next exercise entailed the front pair sprinting 10 metres and then lay on their stomachs flat on the ground, heads towards each other but creating a 1-metre wide corridor, and the next two doing the same and laying about 2 metres further. This allowed the whole crew to sprint at full stride over an array of flat bodies.

Then the leading pair knelt on all fours, facing each other with about a metre space in between them.

The following pair hopped feet together over the human obstacles and kneeling on all fours in the same manner leaving enough space for one to hop over once without hurting anyone. The routine went on until the leaders were in front and everyone had their turn.

The benefits of this complete physical condition and cardiovascular and respiratory preparation, was harmony amongst players, as the exercise was such fun. There would be enough recovery time after each bout of exercise. Pairs always enjoyed competing.

(Extracted from What Highlanders need right now!, available online as an e-book for between $9.99 and $11.99 depending on where you are).



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