WIGAN WARRIORS

Renowned for their unique approach to training, the Wigan Warriors turned to Red Bull to organise a pre-season training session to physically, mentally and emotionally challenge them in a way that they would never forget.  Our task was to cover the session and capture the sheer grit and determination of the squad as they pushed themselves to the edge of their limits in the Welsh Valley on freezing day in December 2017. At the end of just one gruelling day of filming, we produced three short social edits to show how the Warriors took to the challenge, hear the secrets behind their mental strength, and learn a bodyweight exercise routine.

 Wigan's Liam Farrell feeling the strain.

Wigan's Liam Farrell feeling the strain.

THE RED BULL HARDLINE

The location of the training session took place at The Red Bull Hard Line; regarded as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike courses in the world. Built into the welsh valley by former British Champion; Dan Atherton, three painstaking workstations saw the squad shift tons of gravel, carry logs weighing over 150Kg, and run buckets of ice-cold water over 2.5 kilometres.  The sheer vastness of the location was a huge challenge for our two-man film crew, who had their work cut keeping up with the warriors as they pushed themselves to mental and physical limits.  The final product was fast paced 90-second news piece full of facts and stats that tire you out just to watch!

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BREAKING THE PAIN BARRIER

In this short social piece, we hear from some of the Warriors as they tell us exactly how they 'break through the pain barrier' both physically and mentally. A message synonymous with the Red Bull brand.

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TRAIN LIKE A WARRIOR

Red Bull wanted this film to speak to those looking for help in getting in shape.  In this 'train like a warrior' film, Head Physio, Tom O'Malley talks us through a routine that requires nothing but motivation and dedication. 

The physical and mental strain the players were subjected to wasn’t just for the sadistic pleasure of the coaches. “At the back end of tough games, that’ll come in massive for us,” a breathless Joel Tomkins, the team’s second row, remarked during the training.

“It’s going to be a real reference point for us during the season when it gets tough,” added Wigan Warrior’s Director of Performance Mark Bitcon. “When we go into a big game, we can refer back to the work we did on the side of a mountain that helped lay the foundations for success.”