Local NRLW star Talesha Quinn has been leading from the front as she recovers from two ankle surgeries in the past five months, documenting her exercise regime during self-isolation and inspiring many fans in the process.
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"I'm still rehabbing at the moment so not full on training but I'm always moving trying to mix up my activities everyday and keep my ankle moving," says Talesha.
"My fiancé Connor and I do something everyday. I was lucky enough to get into Kmart before gym equipment was sold out. I bought a battle rope, box jump, ab roller, agility ladder, boxing gloves and hurdles.
Every second day we go down to the park and do a conditioning circuit and we are always adding in footy related drills," Talesha says.
The pair do 30 minute HIIT (High-intensity interval training) workouts from YouTube; something for all fitness levels that anyone can look up.
Conditioning day is usually Saturday or Sunday, where Talesha and Connor do shuttle runs of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 metres, out and back. This is also perfect for all fitness levels, as it can be done at your own pace. They complete three sets of each shuttle, then smash out 10 push-ups and 10 kettlebell swings after each set.
"At the end of each session we always get a football in hand and do passing. We focus on different distances, but mainly do it left-handed as that is our weak side to pass- and it's perfect time to work on our weaknesses!
"Connor and I are very competitive so to finish with a bit of fun, we do the crossbar passing challenge. From 10 metres out you have to hit the left pole, crossbar and then right pole. Continue to move back by one metre until you miss and make sure you get the whole family involved and make it a bit of fun," says Talesha.
While Talesha has been out of the game since August due to the aforementioned ankle injuries and a reoccurring knee injury, she says she is very lucky to have a partner who is mad about footy; making it much easier to deal with being apart from teammates and the joy that comes with representing her club and country.
"I also bought a mountain bike, so when we have the kiddies we go for rides every afternoon to get some sunlight and keep everyone fit.
"So, even though I don't have my teammates, my little family is the best team I could ask for," says Talesha.
The Parkes local is a fantastic example on how we can remain healthy and fit during what are unprecedented times, and the strong second-rower will no doubt be chomping at the bit to return to the field after what is now turning into a very long layoff.
After representing NSW and Australia, the whole Parkes community will be right behind Talesha as she continues her recovery and push towards returning to the game she loves.
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