Introducing: DC gets you back in the game

The Trainer

Darren Helley
PT Darren Helley has gone from ballin’ to liftin’ but knows how to get you back on the gridiron

Despite being already into February and most of us slowly getting out of the Christmas blues and getting over the ‘New Year, New Me’ trends, British senior football season is slowly creeping into the back of our heads. And not just from us writers, but also from you aspiring football players tuning into Double Coverage.

Physical conditioning has often been a critical but overlooked aspect of your typical American football organization in the UK. To put it bluntly: you need to be fit enough to play, else you’re not gonna have a good time. I’ve seen first hand the catastrophic effects that a lack of core, structured fitness regime has on American football teams in the UK. Lack of players, frequent injuries and ultimately, teams folding or resorting to associate level are the outcomes of such a crisis in our current football framework. It’s hindered our game and has caused a severe deceleration in progression and growth.

As a columnist who is a personal trainer, competitive record-holding powerlifter, American Football coach and a former player of eight years, my primary goal within this article series will be to provide you- the budding Britballers- the fundamental pieces towards a constructive, successful and essential training program that can be used towards building yourself up to a competitive physical standard of conditioning.

Strength, muscle size, fat loss, weight loss, endurance and durability are components of physical conditioning that are strongly associated to the standards of American Football as a sport; such programme fundamentals introduced with these articles will aim to target all of these areas, towards providing you with the opportunity of creating, developing and sustaining better fitness and greater health.

Darren 2And somebody who handily epitomises the need to get back up to the physical standards for football is Double Coverage’s very own lead, Nick Wilson-Town.

Over the next twelve weeks, we will collaborate in presenting an array of exercises, technical form, nutrition and supplements, with Nick himself resurrecting his fitness and conditioning towards making it back onto the gridiron. His progression and journey into the depths of the training regime will enlighten and enrich those who are looking to step into the American Football scene in the UK this Spring, from those who are doing so for the first time to the father-time veterans.

Stay tuned for our first article, next thursday surrounding Nick’s fitness regime, which will revolve on an often overlooked period of training: the first week, and how to get yourself genuinely settled in to a well-structured programme.

Check out Darren’s instagram to see more about his personal fitness successes


The Guinea Pig

DC’s Editor-in-Chief, Nick Wilson-Town’s daily exercise regimen involves a lot of strain on his wrists… from typing, you dirty minded beggars!

I never thought too much Britball could be bad for my health… But since taking over Double Coverage with the goal of turning it into a full time media outlet contributing to the growth of the sport of the UK? Yeah, anything up to ~12 hours a day sat in front of a screen writing, editing, recording scripts and nagging students and coaches for game film does not lend itself to a healthy lifestyle.

Football has gotten me in the best shape of my life… and the worst. Multiple knee injuries have understandably led to severe slumps in fitness, and gaining a chunk of weight I’ve never been able to shift. That said, I’ve quite enjoyed being heavier, having more impact on the field!

Once upon a time…

But following knee surgery a couple of years ago and taking on a ‘job’ that means I may not have reason to even so much as leave the house for days on end? Oh, and chuck the Christmas excesses and the January blues on top of that and I’m as out of shape as I’ve ever been.

Taking on DC means I’ll likely never have a free Sunday again any time soon, so returning to the Gridiron full time may be a dream I’ll never get to see realised… But I do have an old boys game a couple of months away and I’m damned if I’m gonna let the current batch of whippersnappers at my alma mater show me up!

It’s time to get my act together and with Darren’s knowledge and enthusiasm prove that you can be both Football fit and work a desk job with long hours and far too much time sitting around!

Am I happy with putting my flab out there for the whole #BritballNation to see? Hell no! But sacrifices must be made and hopefully I’ll be one among many in the Nation who’ll work towards changes, physically and mentally, over the coming weeks, to where I won’t feel so vom-in-mouth at my level of physical fitness!

Other than than? Enjoy my pain Nation!






Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1