Taking Part

England doing some gym training

Gym Rules Part II

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…

Dan Hipkiss sprints clear

The need for speed

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…

TRX Suspension Training

The TRX Factor

If you travel a lot or want the convenience of being able to train at home without filling your living room with machines, then suspended body-weight training could be the…

Prepare well to perform well

Care to Prepare

The day before a game I set the alarm for 9am, so I get a bit of a lie-in. For breakfast I’ll have porridge with fruit, and maybe some yoghurt,…

Robbo is timing you!

Gym Rules Part I

My Gym, My Rules! Follow these simple gym rules to be a better player 1. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance – Making sure you are adequately fuelled and hydrated should…

joe simpson england

The optimum recovery

Wasps and England scrum-half Joe Simpson talks us through his post-match fitness routine… As soon as I come off the pitch, I have a recovery shake to replace fluids and…

Ronan O'Gara drops the winning goal

Seeing is believing if you want to succeed

How to program your mind for mental fitness to make your dreams come true A LEADING brain training coach has explained how the power of the mind inspired hero Ronan…

creatine

Should you be taking Creatine?

Taking creatine to enhance fitness and performance has become second nature for a lot of professional players. Former England team nutritionist Roz Kadir explores the pros and cons of this…

The Lions practice training at altitude

A head for heights

Nobody can know how big a part altitude played in the Lions’ downfall this summer. But certainly the decision to play Tests in Pretoria and Johannesburg, 6,000ft above sea level,…

All Blacks post training nutrition

Eat Right, Play Better!

Eating the right food, particularly pre- and post-match, can help optimise your fitness and reduce recovery times. This is particularly helpful towards the end of the season, when you might…