11:00AM, Friday 15 May 2020
From Zoom workouts to running and cycling, footballers have been doing a range of things to maintain their fitness levels throughout lockdown.
But it’s been statistically proven that few of them are working harder than Windsor FC’s Ben Mulley, who recently showed he could give the professionals a run for their money on the fitness tracking app StatSports.
Mulley, who his manager Mark Cooper described as a ‘monster of a runner’, has come fifth on the leaderboard for high metabolic load distance (HMLD) - which measures how intense the running load - behind only Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah and Burnley’s James Tarkowski.
The app works by syncing with the vest the player is wearing when they go for a run, automatically tracking their distances, speed, high-speed running, step balance and acceleration. It records the total amount of high speed running an athlete does, coupled with the total distance of accelerations and decelerations throughout a session.
Tierney topped the list with the most distance covered at the highest intensity, with 10,333m covered in a week. Bellerin was second with 9,414m and Nketiah fourth on 9,373m. Burnley’s Tarkowski nipped into third on 9,398m, but not far behind all of them was Windsor’s Mulley who registered 9,339m.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City all use StatSports, which means Mulley has outstripped some pretty big names from the Premier League.
Arsenal duo Tierney and Bellerin top GPS fitness tracking app https://t.co/qorbAmElim— Sun Sport (@SunSport) May 4, 2020
Reflecting on the achievement, Cooper said: “We had a great story with Ben Mulley, our midfielder, who was mentioned in the five runners in football.
“I think four of them were Arsenal players and the other was from Burnley, and Ben was fifth, with his Windsor badge there alongside his name.
“It had a lot of publicity, and he did 5km in something like 17 minutes. He’s an absolute monster when it comes to running.
“We’ve also got our own in house Windsor challenge that’s going well. That’s all been good, but we hope to get the boys back in for June 20, which we have pencilled in for our pre-season return.”
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