Former Leicester and Bradford winger Jamie Lawrence – who played a role in the development of Chelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James – offers the nation a taste of top-flight training during coronavirus pandemic
- Jamie Lawrence is streaming own home workouts online at 8am every morning
- He played a role in development of host of top division’s best young prospects
- Instagram Live sessions will not be easy but are for all ages and levels of fitness
Former Premier League footballer Jamie Lawrence is offering the nation a taste of top-flight training during the coronavirus pandemic.
With exercise options reduced with gyms across the country now shut under government orders Lawrence, fitness coach to the some of the Premier League’s young stars, is streaming his own brand of home workouts online at 8am every morning, which some of the players he works with also take part in.
Lawrence, now 50, played for Bradford and Leicester in the Premier League and also represented Brentford and Sunderland among others.
Jamie Lawrence is offering nation a taste of top-flight training during coronavirus pandemic
Since retiring he started his own football academy in Tooting, south London in 2008.
He also has played a role in the development of a number of the top division’s best young prospects, working with the likes of Chelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James, Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga and former Blues midfielder Kasey Palmer who is now at Bristol City.
Fulham duo Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Jayden Harris also teamed up with Lawrence as has former West Ham starlet Reece Oxford.
The Instagram Live sessions will not be easy, as the Captain Pains Morning Workshop name suggests, but they are for all ages and levels of fitness.
Ex-winger who Lawrence, who also had a spell as Ghana’s fitness coach under Avram Grant, said: ‘With self-isolation, mentally it’s challenging when you’re not doing anything. I went to prison and was an angry young man.
‘I found fitness and football while I was in there and it made me more of a chilled out person. I know everyone needs stimulus.
Instagram Live sessions won’t be easy as the Captain Pains Morning Workshop name suggests
‘Now they need the gym, a walk or some exercise as it releases endorphins. We have got to keep doing things.
‘It [the workouts] are not easy but life isn’t easy in the first place. You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.’
In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail a year ago, 24-times capped Jamaica international Lawrence told the story of his eventful life and how he turned it around by going from prison to the Premier League.
After watching a documentary on Lawrence, who now goes into prisons as a mentor, Brendan Rodgers, then in charge of Celtic, called him out of the blue and said: ‘I had to tell you how inspiring I found your story and how proud you should be for coming back from such a low place.’
Lawrence is streaming his own brand of home workouts online at 8am every morning
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