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Simple Programming for Rugby Player. Full Body Full Boring?


#1

Jim,
I’m one of those people that thrives on workouts that are as entertaining as a box of Corn Flakes. I was looking at your Full Body Full Boring template and was wondering if this would serve well for being an athlete as well. I play D1 rugby in college and although I’m a forward, I still like to keep power in my training. I remember hearing your friend Darren was a rugby player, any advices on how he used to train and which template is closest to that?
Thanks,
The Samsquatch


#2

If you’re using ‘Beyond’ as a source, I would suggest one of the Full Body programs that include Power Cleans.


#3

Honestly, I think that program is horrible for your situation. Not just bad, but horrible.

This is how we program our training; each part is done to “season”. In other words, we periodize everything.

Movement/mobility
Speed (or work capacity training)
Strength/Hypertrophy
Conditioning

We always, ALWAYS use Krypteia program. The size/strength gains have been phenomenal; we have sophomores who came in “skin/bone” who are doing things I never thought possible. One year of training and they are making progress that blows my mind. SLOW progress + balance = greatness.

We ALWAYS lift the barbell lifts for power; assistance for hypertrophy.


#4

Alright, I own Forever 5/3/1 and was looking at that last night. Just one quick question about the program, in between each superset, there is rest right? Or is it just sets straight through?


#5

Yes, you rest. Just aim for a total workout time of 45 minutes; this shouldn’t be forced. It should happen naturally. ALL REPS should be strong, controlled and with purpose. You SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT to finish quicker; rather strive to do it BETTER.