I don’t really train any differently in season, I just continue periodizing lifting parameters ( volume, strength qualities trained, etc.) Over here in the states, rugby isn’t as serious though and we only have team training twice a week with games on saturdays.
I would probably just stick with trying to maintain strength in the weight room. In-season is probably not a good time to go for hypertrophy for various recovery, potential poor coordination issues. I’m sure there will be plenty of ballistic movements in training.
The Waterbury method approach of 10x3 is a good idea, maybe tone down the volume in the 4x6 sets.(in season, not pre) I’m torn about whether to do whole body training or body part splits. I like whole body, but it might be too much if you think about the whole body workouts from training as part of the equation.
Anyways, hope he does well. My first training session is on Tues. and I am horribly out of shape as far as my wind is concerned. PUKE![/quote]
This is sort of what I was thinking, it is better to maintain strength and power rather than trying to bulk. The aerobic training and the games would negate any bulking attempts anyway. My brother is not going to be playing in a high level competition this year (for the last few years he was playing 2nd/3rd grade for one of the top level Sydney teams, which is the level below Super 12 provincial rugby, if you know what that is), he is just playing suburban rugby and they only train once per week. So overtraining is probably not too much of a risk.
I think I will introduce him to things like power cleans and other ballistic lifts. I am thinking a 2x/week program. The first day would be strength eg 5x5 for big compound exercises, and anything like squats would be done on this day to allow sufficient recovery by game day. On the second day I will get him to do olympic/ballistic lifts and probably a few injury prevention exercises such as rotator cuffs.
What do you guys think, any other ideas?