Explosive power is arguably the most effective physical asset a rugby player could possess. The first half a second of contact are where collisions are either lost or won, whether it’s going into a tackle situation or into a breakdown. You may see this in games or you may have even experienced it yourself. You will see a smaller player going into some sort of contact against a larger opponent, yet the smaller player will come out on top and that’s because he can likely produce a greater force in a shorter space of time.
A lot of people train power purely by trying to move big weights quickly but there’s a lot more to it. There is an entire spectrum if you like, strength being on end and then right through to your explosive body weight work. It all has an important role to play in your development for heavy sled work to explore jumps.
Power is probably the area of training most people are less educated in and that’s why we will be putting out a lot on content and articles in this area. That and it’s importance.
In our programming this plays a huge role and should be a main focus for you if you play in contact sports. From winning that collision to making a line break being explosive is essential.
Here you will find a collection of articles all about strength training. How to get stronger, types of training, reps and set as well as training volumes.
How to Design a Strength Training Program for Your Sport
Maximising Your Strength Gains: The Importance of Proper Form and Technique
The Role of Strength Training in Injury Prevention for Athletes
5 Essential Strength Training Exercises for Improved Athletic Performance
How to Design an Upper Body Session
Fitness - How do I get fit for rugby?
Strength & Power - How & why for rugby players?
the importance of recovery
Recovery is a huge part of the game. If you want to train and play for years to come its essential you take note of these articles.
Ice Baths - Friend or Foe?
nutrition is essential for progress
When it comes to changing your body composition, either gaining muscle or losing body fat, nutrition will be the most important aspect.
Plant Based Diets And The Role It Plays On Our Nutrition, Wellness & Health.
Sam’s Diet Plan
Caffeine - A good pre workout?
Macronutrients – What are they?
here are some of most asked questions
We hope these help with any questions that you may have. If these don't answer yours in particular then feel free to reach out on Instagram or via email, we are here to help.
Can I track my weights?
Inside the app you will get your programme through with all your sets and reps for that given session. You can then note down the weights you used for each exercise. This is essential so you can ensure that you’re progressing throughout the programme. If you used 20kg DB’s say for shoulder press last time then we would ideally like to see those weights increasing over the training block even if only by a few kg as this will add up over time.
Is there just weight lifting programmes?
As well as our comprehensive Strength and Conditioning programmes we also have sprint sessions, conditioning sessions both on pitch and off feet, home workouts with minimal kit if you’re on holiday or don’t have access to your gym for whatever reason. As well as those we have recovery sessions that consist of Yoga class which are run by one of the best in the game Alecs Donovan and Mobility class again by an industry leader Richard Hughes. The recovery classes are scheduled in some programme but they are available to all members to use any time and we recommend you do so for longevity and to avoid injury.
How many days a week do I have to train?
The rugby programmes run in either 4 or 5 day options for weights with other sessions available such as conditioning and running drills. The Body Comp programmes are available in 3, 4 or 5 day options. Pick whichever suits you and your lifestyle better, you’re better off picking 3 days a week and hitting all of those sessions consistently then picking 5 and missing 1-2 a week as the training splits will ensure you’re hitting each area the right amount across the week.
Who wrote the programmes?
The programmes were initially written by Sam and Josh. The majority of Sams Strength and Conditioning knowledge stems from Chris Tombs who was his coach at the Cardiff Blues Academy and into his professional career. Since Chris came on board as head coach at the start of 2022 we have rewritten or altered all of the programmes so they’re at the absolute fore front of Chris’ ever evolving knowledge.
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