Fitness

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How to have the perfect pre-season

Take a break  Before you get stuck into pre-season training, you need a good off-season to let your body recover. It’s crucial to give your body time to recuperate from…

Power and endurance workout

Power and endurance workout

IT’S END of season time! And for many teams, that means it’s the most important few weeks of the year on the pitch. These mini circuits, designed by Harlequins’ head…

Raise your intensity!

Raise your intensity!

IT’S TIME to raise your intensity in the gym now the business end of the season is here! You may be feeling a bit knackered with the odd knock and…

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The one knee acceleration

IT’S GETTING to the end of the season, so it’s normal for your body to be feeling a bit battered, writes John Dams, Harlequins’ head of performance. The one knee acceleration exercises…

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Strength: the banded acceleration

IT’S COLD and wet outside, and the days are short. But we’re only half way through the season, so strength and conditioning for rugby is still a must! In the…

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Mobility: the walking triangle

THIS MONTH’s workout is all about repairing your body. That may mean losing a few pounds, getting a soft tissue massage (above), working on your mobility – or all of…

Right old knees-up: Foden

Ben Foden takes on Cross-fit

Here is in-from England and Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden taking on the clock in a Cross-fit challenge with Multipower. Saying he looks tired afterwards would be an understatement...

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Conditioning: the dip & chin combo

THIS MONTH we’re talking about conditioning! Check out the December 2013 edition of Rugby World to see a workout designed by John Dams, Harlequins head of performance, to help you…

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Increase your speed: the shuttle test

THIS MONTH we’re all about speed! John Dams, Harlequins head of performance, has designed a workout to help you increase your speed – a key focus of Quins’ training. It…