BLUES TURN T O ZEN F OR EDGE
THEY’RE preparing to be the Zen Blues. Forget the coconut water, the sleep patches or mind coaches used in recent series — the Blues are looking to mix things up this time around when they converge on Coogee.
Welcome to NSW camp, Brad Fittler-style.
The new Blues coach hopes to bring a sense of calm and clarity when he takes charge of his first Origin side next week.
Daily yoga sessions will be available for the players while the camp will also feature elements of meditation.
Fittler is a devotee of yoga. He does it almost daily and it will form part of his personal routine during Origin preparations. In turn, he will offer it up to his Blues charges.
“I do a little routine every day,” Fittler said. “When you look at old people who are either bent over or the ones who are standing up, the ones who are standing up always look happier to me.
“It is a good time out. It’s always good to stay limber and be flexible and the other side of it is breathing.
“There is too much information about it being good for you to not have it in your life.
“I believe the science of it. The biology of it. There is also the other side, which is the spiritual side. I like it a lot.
“I don’t know how many blokes (in the Origin squad) do it.
“There will be opportunities there for people to do it.
“It’s amazing how in 10 days how little time you have. We will definitely get a session in.
“Some people get into it and some people don’t. I will be doing it but I wouldn’t force it.
“It’s a different exercise. I won’t push it on anyone.”
Fittler has used meditation and players running around barefoot on the grass — in order to “soak up the minerals” — in his previous stints as a coach.
He had success with Lebanon during the World Cup, when meditation was a constant throughout the tournament.
“We’ll do some sort of meditation,” Fittler said.
“It’s one of those things you don’t like to push it on people. It can be uncomfortable but there will be time to have a look at it.”