Best Reflects On VO2 Max Test
Tommy Best admitted last week's VO2 max test was the hardest thing he's ever done.
Best and his team-mates undertook the test under the watchful eyes and expertise of the sport and exercise science team at the University of Hull last as part of two days of pre-season testing.
The programme sees the players pushed to their limit whilst running on a treadmill wearing an oxygen mask to monitor how much oxygen their bodies are using and having blood samples taken during their run in the University's state-of-the-art Sports Science labs.
Reflecting on the experience, Best said: "It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I can't even begin to explain how hard it actually was.
"It's designed to push you to your max and that's exactly what it does - believe me! I just wanted to stop and go to bed - even whilst I was on the treadmill - I was that tired.
"It's the hardest I've worked and I was desperate to just sit down and have a rest but obviously it was important for me to push on and push myself to my limit. I gave it my all from start to finish and I was pleased with my results."
Despite the hard graft required, first-year scholar Best says he has enjoyed his first week of pre-season training as he quickly settles into his new surroundings at the Academy's Bishop Burton base after moving to East Yorkshire from his native North-East.
"It's not easy, moving away from home at the age of 16, but it was the right decision for me," he added.
"I'm sure there'll be times when I feel a little homesick in the opening few months of my time here but that's to be expected. I'm sure the lads will pull me through any tough times though.
"Playing football is what I've always wanted to do and I'm so grateful for the opportunity the Club has given me. From now on, it's all about hard work - you get out what you put in.
"Pre-season has been tough so far, but enjoyable. The first two days were more induction days, helping us to find our feet at Bishop Burton.
"Obviously we had the two days of testing and now we're out on the training pitch. We all know it's going be tough but it's vital that we give our all in order to be ready for the season.
"I'm sure when the season starts everything will be fine and it will be the best time of my life. I can't wait!"