The Pies trialled some innovative new training techniques on Tuesday, and had a good rollout for the first session.
Club president Craig Carroll was pleasantly shocked with the numbers there.
“We were quite surprised, but we’ll take what we can get,” he said.
They didn’t waste any time getting into the swing of it, either.
High intensity was the buzz phrase, as the squad was led through some tough drills, with short recovery times.
Exercises inclued burpees and 40m sprints.
Further along at Shelly Beach, new Breakers coach Josh Hyde was pleased with how fit his players were.
“They’re fitter than I thought they were going to be,” he said.
A couple of new faces turned up, and a lot of the senior players still away on holidays will begin to filter back soon, Hyde said.
The players went on a long run to get some kilometres in their legs.
“It was easy compared to what we’ve got in store,” Hyde said.
He was happy with the turnout.
“It was a cut above what I thought,” Hyde said.
Vikings stalwart David Tunstead said his club also kicked things off with fitness work on Tuesday, before picking up the ball on Thursday.
“It wasn’t too bad,” he said, referring to the fitness levels.
“Some blokes didn’t have as big a Christmas as some of the others.”
The Vikings will concentrate on fitness for the next month, Tunstead said.
Anyone interested in playing for any of these clubs can ring the following numbers: Josh Hyde (Port City Breakers) 0432 663 643, David Tunstead (Hastings Valley Vikings) 0402 926 921, Mick Tritton (Port Macquarie Magpies) 0412 421 184.