• Short Summary

    Athletes, no matter what sport they participate in, have always known the benefit of fitness.

    But?

  • Description

    1.
    GV Australian football crowd eating pies, drinking beer and listening to portable radios (3 shots)
    0.10

    2.
    GV Rugby game in progress
    0.19

    3.
    GV Football player moaning and groaning as he used leg training machine (3 shots)
    0.42

    4.
    GV Coach spurs on footballer who moans and groans as he does arm exercises
    1.00

    5.
    GV Coach assists player to use leg machine
    1.14

    6.
    GV Footballer grimaces as he uses weights
    1.22

    7.
    CU Footballer moaning and groaning as he does arm exercises
    1.41

    8.
    Coach spurs on footballers doing arm exercises (2 shots)
    2.14


    "Pie eating, the great Australian way of sport: to watch, to listen and occasionally to summon up enough energy to hurl abuse. But for those who actually participate the game has become a deadly serious business, and it requires deadly serious training. It looks like something from the Spanish Inquisition. It sounds like something from the Spanish Inquisition but in fact it's the latest secret weapon in a fight which is about to resume this weekend."



    CLUB OFFICIAL:"(Indistinct) into shock if you train them too hard initially, all right. So we have an education programme to ... the response that they have without getting a nauseating, headachy feeling ... breaking out in a cold sweat ... of course this is a particularly brutal type of training. I think the athlete does develop a much more positive attitude towards hard work, becomes much more tenacious, he develops a killer instinct certainly. He has to, you know, otherwise the doesn't survive out there."



    MALCOLM: "It introduces a couple of other muscle groups to allow the exhausted muscle group which has just worked to go beyond the point of normal failure so this provides an enormous stimulus and strength. Again he goes to a point where he cannot straighten his arms out .. come on ..."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Athletes, no matter what sport they participate in, have always known the benefit of fitness.

    But as all the sport becomes increasingly more competitive those taking part are looking for methods to gain that extra ou???ce of strength.

    Rugby league footballers in Sydney, Australia believe they may have found the answer to the fitness question --- "torture" machines.

    The new method originated in the United States of America and is made up of special machines that are scientifically designed to drive a player unconscious with exhaustion.

    The machines are being used by the Eastern Suburbs team.

    The East's head trainer, Tony Malcolm, studied the effects of the new machines at the West Point Training Academy, the military officers school in the United States.

    He was so impressed that he brought seven of the machines back with him to Australia. The East's players have dubbed the machines, "Malcolm's Torture Chambers".

    The machines allow exhausted muscles in the player's body to function beyond the point of collapse by using other body muscles to push the used muscles further than would normally be possible.

    It is claimed the machines can increase a player's strength by sixty per cent in only several weeks.

    Malcolm says the players are usually in a great deal of pain when they use the machines but adds that "most of my boys just semi-black out and can't even remember the last few seconds anyway".

    He also claims the machines develop a more positive attitude towards pain and hard work as well as increasing a footballer's killer instinct.

    Asked by a reporter why it was necessary to have a "killer instinct" Malcolm replied, "if you don't want sincerely to kill your opponent on the football field he'll soon kill you".

    This film is serviced with an English commentary and interviews with Eastern Suburbs officials and Tony Malcolm. Transcripts follows overleaf.

    Athletes, no matter what sport they participate in, have always known the benefits of physical fitness. But as sport becomes increasingly competitive those taking part are looking for methods to gain that extra ounce of strength. Rugby league footballers in Sydney, Australia, believe they may have found the answer.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA160GKSMG9H651SSFXCKEDM6X7
    Media URN:
    VLVA160GKSMG9H651SSFXCKEDM6X7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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