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Sam Powell is available for personal training.He ran his first session

He has started work as a personal trainer at Whelley-based Wild Bull Fitness, which was set up by ex-Wigan player Stephen Wild and Toronto Wolfpack forward Adam Sidlow.

He has started work as a personal trainer at Whelley-based Wild Bull Fitness, which was set up by ex-Wigan player Stephen Wild and Toronto Wolfpack forward Adam Sidlow.

Wild Bull Fitness Powell ran his first session this week and is hoping the new venture will help better-prepare him for a coaching role when his playing career finished.

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The halfback-hooker said:

“I was training down at Wild Bull in the off-season. My girlfriend had done a 10-week challenge and so I thought I’d go along, just to keep ticking over.

“I got chatting to Wildy and he mentioned they were looking for a new trainer, and it went from there.

“I did my PT course with Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin) and Dom Crosby a few years ago, it was always something I was interested in.”

Powell, 25, has played in front of thousands of fans – and TV cameras – at Old Trafford, Wembley and St James’ Park, but admits he had the jitters before he led his first session.

“I was a bit nervous at first… usually I’m the one being shouted at, rather than giving instructions,” he joked. “But everyone was really nice and I enjoyed it.

“There’s obviously a lot of crossover between what we do and the circuit training and boxercise, although I’ve been careful not to push people too much because I don’t know where they’re at yet, in terms of their fitness levels.

“And I think this will help me down the track. Eventually, I’d like to go into coaching and a big part of that is leading sessions, giving clear instructions and managing people.”

Powell plans to run two group sessions a week and is available for personal training as well.

“I can’t do too much because we’re quite full-on at Wigan, and I have a family too,” added the dad-of-two, who returned for pre-season training this week.

“It was good to get back in and see the lads again.

“The testing on the first day wasn’t great – it never gets easier – but we’re back into the hard work and everyone is excited.” Micky McIlorum will round off his testimonial year with two events this month.

On Sunday, his team-mates Ben Flower and Sam Tomkins will host a World Cup event at Revolution in Wigan.

They, as well as ex-Warrior Josh Charnley, will take questions from fans and watch England’s match with France on TV.


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