Rugby is a wonderful game of skill and tactics and the best players must be in peak physical condition to play to their optimum ability. Understanding your best position, and the skills that are inherently required for that role is a big breakthrough in maximising the performance.
Building fitness for rugby is not easy and takes a lot of hard work and commitment. It can be achieved through careful training and specific exercises, and it’s important to plan for both physical and mental fitness.
Rugby is a physical game, there’s no doubt about it, but the most successful players are also mentally fit and prepared to take to the field. Prepare for the highs and the lows as all players will face both in different measure, and how you approach one can often determine how much of the other is seen.
Mind and body can benefit from interval training, and as the game itself tends to be played in bursts of around 30 seconds, it makes sense to train in similar circumstances; commit to 30 seconds of very intense activity followed by a period of rest. Time yourself for the 30-second bursts; pick an exercise, do it for 30 seconds as well as you can, as many times as you can, and then rest for 30 seconds to recover. Repeat both for as long as you can continue the exercise until you cannot go on. It’s a great preparation for the reality of the game where the intensity comes in bursts.
Rugby is a team game, so of course, it’s important to train with others and practise the various set pieces together, though it is also important to be able to focus and train alone. Of course, knowing you’ll be practising with others can be motivation to keep going when otherwise you might have talked yourself out of it!
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Training with others in subgroups to mimic who will do what during the game will also help.