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recovery

How to – Reduce body fat

WITH WINTER approaching and the temptation for comfort food rising, it’s important to keep tabs on your body fat, writes Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning John Dams. If you’re…

Weight

Conditioning combo 2: Push press, sit-ups and burpees

THIS IS the second a series of conditioning combos put together by Harlequins head of strength & conditioning John Dams. They are all dynamic three-exercise circuits or ‘triple sets’, which…

conditioning

Develop in-season fitness

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…

jack-knife

Step-By-Step Guide: Jack-Knife Roll

IT’S VERY frustrating for a player to present the ball perfectly on the floor – only for an opponent to steal it before one of his own team-mates arrives on…

Wrestle

Wrestling drills for rugby

WRESTLING DRILLS are a great conditioning tool for rugby and help to bring a competitive edge to training. Rugby World fitness editor John Dams, Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning, suggests…

spinpass

Step-By-Step Guide: Spin Pass

PASSING AND catching are two of rugby’s core skills, so it’s vital that young players understand that they are passing to team-mates who want to catch the ball, not drop…

offloading

Step-By-Step Guide: How to Offload

OFFLOADING IS not an easy skill to master, but get it right and your team will score some sensational tries. Never throw a wild pass or give the ball away…

dummy pass

Step-By-Step Guide: Selling A Dummy

SELLING A dummy – pretending you’re about to pass but then keeping the ball yourself – is a great trick to have in your locker. “There’s no better feeling than…