Driven in part by owner Bradley Cannings’ passion for the game, H2O have always had close ties with the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Team, stretching right back to the last millennium. As the team has elevated itself nationally, the opportunities for H2O to support them have increased too.
Many favours and victories later, H2O found themselves being asked to help out with the Chiefs biggest coup yet – the Rugby World Cup. As the Chiefs are now a major player in the National Game, they have the stadium and facilities to support the game at the highest levels. This meant that they were selected to host several international teams during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Naturally there was not room for the Chiefs plus three international teams to train at Sandy Park, so the Chiefs to more humble grounds but still had a season of top level games to play and they needed to stay on top of their training.
H2O were approached with a simple remit – the players needed to continue training and their post-match recovery and therapy is essential to this. The chosen system was the TidalFit PRO EP15 from Artesian Spas; a 15’ trainer with pretty much every option ticked – from rowing bars to upgraded LED Dynabrite lighting, extra jetted seats and an increased performance package. All in all, the retail price weighed in at £25,000 – without the options the list price is £21,995.
Immediately post training and match, each player spends ten minutes stood up in the swim spa performing various exercises, alternating with ten minutes in the gym on the exercise bike and running machine.
“We had to choose our location carefully; we couldn’t lay a concrete pad and after the Tidal Fit was removed, the grounds will have to be returned to use,” explains Dan Johnson of H20.
“We chose a hard standing usually reserved for the groundsman’s tractor, it was levelled & then a temporarily deck was built. We topped this in marine-grade plywood.”
Dan adds: “By the next morning the TidalFit was up to temperature and following a hand-over session with 25 rugby players and coaches it began receiving what the trade refer to as a ‘hammering’.”