While we all dream of playing better rugby than we’re likely capable, new research shows that the world’s elite rugby players share a huge number of genetic similarities. Rugby might be in your genes!
RUGBY-SPECIFIC FITNESS TRAINING
While many people think you can be gym-fit to get on the rugby field, it’s not really the case. The fitness required to play rugby union is just different. You need the power to break tackles, the bulk to withstand contact, and and fitness to get around the field. Rugby-specific fitness training is essential.
WHAT WE COVER
Your body is an amazing machine. Not only is it made up from over 206 bones, 600+ muscles, dozens of organs, and literally billions of cells, it is also a walking, talking, rucking power station.
How do you keep making progress in the gym and on the rugby field? The kind of training you’re doing is pretty damn important! Today Pat Dale explains how to keep improving in the gym so you keep getting better on the rugby field too.
How do you build a cardio base for rugby season without running? It comes down to exercise selection. The #1 thing you want to do is avoid injury. So we recommend eliminating impact in your cardio training by jumping in the pool, on the bike or the rowing machine this pre-season.
How much cardio do rugby players need? The answer is it depends on your levels of fitness, position and goals for the upcoming season. But in general terms, you probably want to have a higher cardio base than you have now. Here’s how to get that cardio.
Strong abs are a fitness must-have, but for rugby, they are much more than a fashion accessory. Here’s our playbook for getting rugby abs without sit-ups. Caution though: you’re going to have to eat well and train hard if you want to get anywhere near having rugby-player abs.
Have you ever been told by coaches that you are too small or you need to be bigger? Or perhaps you wished you were bigger?
Beep testing is usually used to test Vo2 Max in athletes, so it’s not typically a training methodology. But pushing your Vo2 Max is also a great way to get fitter. Get rugby-fit by implementing these beep test variations.
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