Develop in-season fitness
Posted 245 days ago
THE SEASON is here and the hard work isn’t over, writes John Dams. Don’t get stuck in the gym doing things you’re good at; get on the pitch and WORK HARD! Develop a weekly training schedule that works for you and stick to it.
- Ankling (left): have knees slightly bent, shoulder-width apart
- Push up/down aggressively, alternating feet. Repeat laterally
- Lateral movements drills (right): Move laterally, crossing your foot in front and behind you alternately
- Start with low knee/foot punch and work progressively higher
- Barbell lunge (left): take a big step/lunge forward. With weight on front leg, shift down but not forward
- Lunge until back knee touches the floor. Push back to start
- Chest-supported dumb-bell row (right): Keep chest on bench
- Pull dumb-bells to side of bench. Lead with elbows and pull
- Bar dips (left): with bars a little wider than shoulder-width. Support body weight through hands
- Lower chest until 90° bend at the elbow. Push back to start
- Wood-chop with medicine ball (right): start above shoulder height, to side. Rotate down across body below knee and back up
- Repeated speed (left): set cones 40m apart. Sprint between each cone every 30 to 40 seconds
- Make sure you stay within 80-90% of your top speed
- Heavy bag slams (right): Pick up a heavy bag and slam it
- Work on a 1:1 work:rest ratio
This article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.
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