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RUGBY WORLD fitness editor and Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning John Dams recommends this modified barbell circuit, featuring a number of different lifts, for adding variety to your training regime. It’s geared towards more experienced lifters and is perfect for when your motivation to train is waning during the dark winter months. Here’s how to do it…
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OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING can help improve your performance on the pitch, writes former champion Giles Greenwood.
Rugby players spend their time in the gym doing heavy strength exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench-presses. These form the bedrock of many serious programmes and have the advantage of being highly effective all-round strength builders.
They’re directly applicable to forwards who apply ‘slow’ strength during…
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LONDON IRISH joined the Army in pre-season and spent a week at the Sir John Moore Barracks in Winchester, where they tested their firing skills on the shooting range, completed the assault course and spent a night out on exercise. Here Exiles players Topsy Ojo and Jonathan Joseph talk through the experience…
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WE’RE delighted to announce a major signing this month – John Dams, one of the world’s foremost strength and conditioning experts, joins us as our new fitness editor. He starts here by looking at general strength and range of motion.
Warm Up: These first two warm-up exercises are good for improving general mobility around the hips. Perform over a ten-metre area
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CAN YOU imagine Jonny Wilkinson turning up at your Saturday morning training session? The Toulon and former England fly-half took time out of his busy schedule to surprise Southwark Tigers coach Vernon Neve-Dunn and congratulate him on the work he has done in bringing rugby to children in inner-city London. Wilkinson may have been key to England’s 2003 World Cup…
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DID YOU know that if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital and with no trained people nearby, your survival rate is just 6%? Incredibly, this rises to 60% if there is a defibrillator to hand.
These statistics, coupled with recent events like the tragic death of schoolboy Luke Chapman while playing rugby, highlight the need for clubs and schools…
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IT’S TIME to dust off your trainers, because pre-season training is beckoning. First things first, you need to assess how fit you are currently in order to set goals and improve. John Dams, Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning, has put together the ultimate fitness testing session including the 3 cone test, performed in the video below. This exercise tests…