If the fact he’s reached the Olympic shot put qualifying mark at aged 16 doesn’t impress you then maybe Jacko Gill’s training methods will.
A six minute training video posted on YouTube showcases the impressive strength that Gill, one of the country’s most promising athletes in recent history, has built up as he eyes a potential medal at next year’s Olympics in London.
Some of his training methods are unusual, like jumping over a fellow teen and one-arm bench pressing a dog, but it also features some impressive work on a punching bag and medicine ball for someone his age.
In the video he also dunks a basketball hoop with a shot put, bench presses big weights with relative ease and jumps onto a 1.55m high platform from a starting start.
His father Walter told the Herald on Sunday that Jacko, who quit school to concentrate fulltime on his shot put career, trains all through the night.
“When he goes into a build-up phase, he does three training sessions a day,” says dad Walter.
“Some of them are in the middle of the night. The house shakes and the dog runs outside. We might be asleep, and he’ll be lifting weights or bounding up and down the stairs to our bedroom door.
“He’s definitely different. How we ever produced that, I’ll never know, but we’re very proud of him.”
Source: HERALD ONLINE