I received this bullshit news:
"You are a very enthusiastic and committed player with good line out skills, a good game understanding (ability to make the right choices etc) and great potential to go a long way in the game.
You need to look at developing your strength and conditioning (not that you are weak, but you need to develop muscle bulk and add to your size). Some of this will be because you are still growing at the moment."
This was from my development manager, his explanation for why I didnÃ¢Â?Â?t make the national side for that age group.
After this, I did some research and found T-Nation. I was lucky enough to receive some great advice from a few members and Nate Green in particular. Since then I have gone from no heavier than 85kgs -> my current weight of 117kgs. I have also since doubled all my major lifts in weight AND also got into the national side for my age group!
Needless to say, I like T-Nation rather a lot now.
Anyway, IÃ¢Â?Â?m starting this log in order to continue to gain such helpful advice, so PLEASE post if you feel you have something to offer OR if I am slacking and need an ass kicking.
Training and diet to follow soon, you will notice that I am following a Ã¢Â?Â?bodybuildingÃ¢Â?Â? split rather than a more athletic type training involving Olympic lifts.
This is because, this is what I did to get bigger originally, and the muscle size I have put on has actually increased my speed rather than slow me as a lot of people presume, so I see no need to focus on Olympic type lifts. Although I may very very rarely add some power cleans for variety at the beginning of a work out.
Please do follow along, my long term goal is the 2014 World Cup. Although no doubt a major challenge, it is of course possible.