Strength Training For Rugby Players
If you have ever been involved in a rugby game you will know how physically and mentally fit you need to be
Well, not quite mentally fit as I have met more than a few crazy rugby players in my time that I wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley
But the physical fitness side of things you will need to be on top form if you want to give the best game than you can give
And that means both individually and as a team
And this is why I want to show you the benefits of activity-specific explosive Strength Training For Rugby Players
The Foundation of Strength Training For Rugby Players
Strength training should be the foundation for any rugby training session, or for the main part of it
But you should also work on, and develop Explosive Strength Training involving certain aspects of the game
There are areas or moments in the game when you will be faced with contesting for the ball with the opposition
You might be a big strong rugby player but if you are up against 2 or 3 opposing players then your strength needs to be able to overcome them
You might be thinking “How do you get big for rugby?”
But it’s not the size of the player, it’s the strength of the player and how well they use that strength
Rugby these days, the “professional” players are fitter than they have ever been before on record
That might be due to the fact that they are constantly working on the fitness and technique side of things and the occasional weight training session
But, In my eye’s, they should work on Activity-Specific Explosive Strength much more than they probably do
I am not saying I could ever compete with the players that are out there today but like any rugby fan, I am entitled to my opinion.
Benefits of Strength Training For Rugby
Here are the main areas of a rugby game where explosive strength could be very efficient if you regularly work on it in training, both individually and as a team.
- THE RUCK – After making a tackle in the breakdown you have to contest for the ball that is on the floor so you have the choice to either steal the ball (if your team doesn’t have it) hold onto the player on the floor for dear life to protect the ball (if your team has it) or clean out the opposition, and for you to be able to do that effectively you need to apply all your strength in an Explosive Way.
- THE LINEOUT – For your team to win the Lineout all depends on 3 things, How high the 2nd row can get in the air, How quickly he gets to the ball, and the lifting support of team-mates. All those things can be worked on which will increase your Explosive Strength.
- THE TACKLE – I shouldn’t have to tell you how Explosive Strength can help you to perfect your rugby tackle, so let’s just say that the more explosive you are in the tackle, the harder they are going to hit the floor… SIMPLES!
- THE SCRUM AND MAUL – Now this is where it is going to be the most beneficial to both the individual and the team as a whole, its no good just one or two players trying to push against the opposition because you just won’t get anywhere. Working as a team with Explosive Force will give you a better chance of overpowering the opposition and putting them on the back foot.
Evenly Matched Rugby Teams
In addition to those 4 areas of gameplay, having ball-carriers with Explosive Leg Power can give you the edge on the opposition trying to tackle you
Unless of course, they have read this post then you will be evenly matched
If both teams are evenly matched in technique, strength, and the mentality to win the game then it’s just a battle of fitness and who will be worn down first
All I ask you to do is if that game ever happens, please film it and send the video in to me as I love watching a game of rugby like that
If you want to watch the “Greatest Game of Rugby Ever” just watch this short video of The Wallabies (Australia) Versus The All Black’s (New Zealand) from back in 2000
What a game that was!
If you want to have that competitive edge over your opposition
Then work on your Explosive Strength but always have that core foundation of basic strength training and you will soon see an improvement in your game
And maybe even win a few more than you do already
Before You Run Off…
Do you have any rugby training tips that you would like to share with everyone?
Or do you have any thoughts on what I have said here?
If so just write them below in the comment section and join in with the conversation
You might think that you can’t improve your rugby game just by strength
And you would be wrong!
I have even seen players going back to basics and joining a rugby training program for beginners
So it’s not too late to get started, just make sure you stick to what you have started and it will all eventually work out in the end.