In was is likely the single greatest problem of most training regimes directed towards Rugby, the basic truth is that it most programs are a “hand me down” from other sports that are deemed as "similar" to the uneducated eye. Though this is an easy error to make from the broadest of broad notions for those whom never played the sport, Rugby is unlike other contact sports with very unique requirements.
Without a doubt training to excel in Rugby requires an intense commitment to sport specific techniques, tactical development and decision making abilities that includes team play along with more direct, easier to identify, physical attributes. This is significantly different that other sports where athletes “off-season” training involve only a surface level, if that, of technical and interplay with fellow players as within Rugby it should be a factor within each workout.
Notable physical requirements start with a level of overall athleticism as simply Rugby is not a sport with lax fitness standards or where you can “get a break” from play without either raising your risk of injury or letting your team-mates down with poor performance. Commonly accepted within elite ranks of the sport since my coaching career began, males will engage in maximal sprints within a stride or two in either direction of fifteen metres and cover from approximately 4,000 to slightly over 6,000 metres per contest. Naturally this varies with level of play, tactical plans and position but the important point to highlight is there are significant demands upon quickness, speed, hip flexibility and athleticism with overall fitness weighing heavily upon training.
Stated simply, you will need to be very fit and manage extensive maximal speed and speed-endurance requirements, with proper positional / sport body posture.
Tammy Bravomalo discusses her supplement stack.
As noted this must be tempered with the needs of the sporting technique and all players training cannot ignore this key facet or they will effectively “training to train” as opposed to excel in Rugby. However, when combined properly with skill and tactical work, workouts from the “Modern Monday” series will greatly assist with fitness development, range of motion and overall athleticism with further specialised work coming in the “USPlabs Iron Day”.
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John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle
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