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30/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 3

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 3 Indulging, getting game ready and top advice. On indulging… I definitely have a sweet tooth, for my ultimate indulgence it has to be anything sweet, I absolutely love chocolate! If Phoebe and I are out having dinner, I will always want to look at the dessert menu. On Saturday night we went out for a steak and I had a nice Eton Mess for dessert, it was amazing! We don’t have many takeaways but my favourite would have to be Thai, which I guess isn’t... Read More

29/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 2

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 2 On his nickname ‘Slammin’ Sam’, body hang ups and changing codes. On taking care of his body… From a young age, I’ve always had a love of food and a real passion for cooking at home. Nutrition has always been important to me, and I enjoy learning how certain foods can affect my body and performance. The longer I’ve been in the game, the more I have learnt how to look after my body, when I was younger – like many lads, you don’t... Read More

21/09/2015

Japan have re-written history…

Brighton and Hove were hosting what was supposed to be a run of the mill rugby match with a conventional outcome. However the stadium was home to one of the greatest sporting fairy tales ever seen. Japan, ranked 13th before the match were set to play the big South African brutes, ranked 3rd in the world (prior to the match), you can see where this blog is going… Japan were not phased by the Bok’s physicality or reputation as 2 time RWC winners, starting with a calm and relaxed aura,... Read More

20/09/2015
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The Sam Burgess Interview Part 1

The Sam Burgess Interview Part 1 Hover boards, Ex on the Beach, and being a Guinea Pig. On training whilst on holiday… On my last holiday to Santorini, I was up at 7am to get in the gym; it was just a treadmill session and some weights – just to keep me ticking over! Even on holiday, I try and do some kind of exercise, especially because both my fiancée and I love our food, and so it allows us to really enjoy ourselves when eating out. We try to... Read More

11/09/2015
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The classic winter warmer

A classic winter warmer, Shepherd’s Pie is guaranteed to hit the spot after a long training session outside. We like to freeze additional portions, to make easy mid-week dinners for when time isn’t on your side. Here is the classic transformed into a replenishing, muscle bulking dish – a culinary sensation. You will need: 400g of Lean Beef Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves 2 Carrots 1 Large Onion 100g of Lentils 500ml of Beef Stock 5 Sweet Potatoes 150g of Pro-biotic Yoghurt Method: Slice all vegetables into small chunks Heat... Read More

04/09/2015

THE WINNING MENTALITY

Watching sporting greats succeed time after time can often cause you to wonder how it is they do it, with the ability to remain focused in stressful situations and outperform their rivals with military precision and stamina. Not all of us are blessed with physical gifts of strength, speed or endurance, however the ability to effectively manage emotional state has proven power to improve your chances of succeeding on the pitch and beyond. According to a study from Dr Jim Afremow, the author of The Champion’s Mind – How Great Athletes... Read More

01/09/2015

THE GEOFF PARLING INTERVIEW PART TWO

In the final part of the interview, we catch up with Geoff to discuss quality workouts over quantity, cool baths and questionable music choices.   On good quality workouts… Whilst training I concentrate on giving it my absolute all and really throwing myself into it. A good quality workout is much better than frequent workouts where you aren’t really pushing yourself. I don’t think you need to be hitting the gym every day, if you leave training satisfied, you know you have given it your everything, that’s the best you can... Read More

26/08/2015

A mid week favourite packed with protein

A protein packed version of a classic mid-week dinner …the stir-fry! Quick, easy and nutritious, it’s the go to option for when time isn’t on your side.   You will need: Lean Beef Soy Sauce Honey Bok Choy Broccoli Peppers Onions Beansprouts Herbs; Chilli & Garlic Peanuts Noodles Olive Oil Slice the beef and vegetables into thin strips, and mix well in a large bowl, coating with a drizzle of olive oil and a heaped tablespoon of the herbs. Place a large pan onto a medium heat and add the... Read More

24/08/2015

THE GEOFF PARLING INTERVIEW PART ONE

Representing England in the Rugby World Cup, Geoff knows all to well the success in preparation and getting ‘game ready’. We catch up to talk pre-game superstitions and the benefits of post-game training.   On getting ‘game ready’… Preparation is key, I don’t see the point in training really hard if you are not going to eat and drink properly. Both are complimentary to each other but also essential for good performance on the pitch. That’s usually why you find players like to stick to their usual pre-match meal, they understand... Read More

23/08/2015

SPORTING JARGON TRANSLATED

  When fitness jargon requires as much stamina as the game, it’s easy to confuse your Macro’s with your Micro’s and lose your cool. See below for our fitness translations to allow you mix in the elitist of sporting circles. MACRO NUTRIENTS Macronutrients are key nutrients needed in large volumes to provide calories for energy conversion; these are Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats MICRO NUTRIENTS Micronutrients are essential vitamins and minerals that are absorbed in smaller quantities for regeneration and growth; these include Iron, Folic Acid and Zinc. DOMS – DELAYED... Read More

21/08/2015

Commit to endurance with Kevin Sinfield’s 7 day plan

  Points to remember As with any dietary or exercise changes, professional advice should be sought prior to undertaking. As each player is different, and will have different needs, the sample diet outlined may not be suitable for everyone. We like to use this plan as a guide and alter according to personal preferences in order to suit our needs.