It was stated in Part I Emphasis on Technique, when working with youth rugby players there should be a real focus on developing multiple fitness components and athletic abilities. Training should not be narrow-minded but instead should be broad in its content. Development of balance, stability, posture, and movement mechanics should be apparent in all training sessions. However, the time…
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When working with young rugby players it should be the aim of the coach to develop all round movement literacy. Young players will benefit from a strength and conditioning program that is not one dimensional with trends towards putting size on but instead improves all aspects of fitness including mobility, running mechanics, speed and agility, and proficient technique of barbell…
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The off season is the best time to focus on building strength as the stress of collisions and running in games and training is removed.
Strength is one of the most important qualities to train for in rugby as it determines your performance in so many areas of the game. Strength is simply your ability to exert force on an object. …
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Boxing is a fantastic conditioning tool, writes Roy Headey, the RFU’s Head of Sports Science.
It’s physically demanding but because guys love doing it they don’t realise just how hard they’re working, and it can get their heart-rates high for sustained periods.
Like tackling in rugby, boxing is all about getting your feet in the right place to punch. It also requires…
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Rugby World has teamed up with sports nutrition company Multipower to offer ten lucky wingers the chance to brush up on their skills at an exclusive finishing school with the Premiership’s two all-time top try-scorers – Sale Sharks and England winger Mark Cueto (the challenger) and Steve Hanley (the record holder).
When Sale legend Hanley retired in 2008 he had crossed…
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Multipower fitness expert Tom Dyer shows us a definite series of exercises that offer an interesting alternative to the more commonly known versions. The third of these exercises are his Alternative Dumbbell Curls. Throughout the exercise Tom will explain the key movements and timings involved and how to maximise your output.
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Many people base their strength and conditioning training on muscle groups (Legs day, Chest day, Back day, Arms day etc) but this is flawed as muscles need to work together to produce movement so really we should train movements not muscles, writes Simon Nainby.
There are 6 basic movement patterns that we all use in our daily lives and when playing…
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Check out Part I here
6. Maximise your time – Use the big lifts – You can train every major muscle and movement pattern if you use the compound lifts (those that use more than one joint) like squats, deadlifts and standing presses.
Not only will this save you time it trains the body to co-ordinate the use of all the muscles together which is what…
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Leicester and England centre Dan Hipkiss reveals how speed is the key to leave the opposition behind
To maintain your speed throughout the season, you need to work on your leg strength as well as doing speed and sprinting fitness drills. In the early part of the week once you’ve had a day or two to recover, do a session lifting very heavy weights for…