Strength and Conditioning Coach Sam Bailey from Athlete 1st

Sam Bailey Macclesfield Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach

Sam started his rugby journey with Macclesfield in the Mini and Junior’s section before playing for the Colts. He studied at, the now Mecca for rugby, Hartbury College before coming back North to start his career, joining Athlete 1st as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Sam Bailey and Athlete 1st founder Liam Colbon

Athlete 1st was created by ex Rugby League professional player Liam Colbon, after a successful career playing for Wigan Warriors, Hull KR, London Broncos and Hull FC. Whilst a London Broncos, Liam suffered a series of injuries and it looked like his career was going to be cut short. He took the initiative to research, and find a running and movement specialist who could uncover the issues that were responsible for his injuries. Understanding how these injuries occurred and methods to train and avoid these happening in the future, allowed him to continue his career for another 3 years. When he finally hung his boots up, he decided to set up his own strength and conditioning business to pass on his experience to other would be sporting athletes.

Based in Alderley Edge, Athletes 1st helps sportspeople reach their highest levels of performance whilst staying injury free. They cater for all sports, whether that is for young people on their sporting progression, elite athletes or teams.

Sam Bailey pilling the weights onto one of Macclesfield’s Forwards

Sam works with the Macclesfield squad on Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually running a twenty minute session with the team on the Tuesday session. He works hand-and-glove with the medical team on the recovery of injured players with tailored strengthening routines. On match-days Sam is with the team to help prepare them through their warm-up routines.

Besides the support at Priory Park, Athlete 1st provides one-on-one sessions with Sam for 1st team players at Alderley Edge on Mondays and Wednesdays.  It is a fantastic opportunity for the squad players to reach their peak potential; a massive bonus for players’ physical development, in this very physically demanding sport.


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