Rugby Training: Power
Rugby Power Training
Ball skills aside, sheer physical strength is crucial if rugby players are to perform successfully on the pitch. Scrummaging, mauling and fighting for possession are among the areas where strength – and good technique – is vital. It is for this reason that many clubs have established weights rooms to allow players to develop their strength. There is, however, more to the story; rugby is not about strength alone.
Too often players train without appropriate supervision and will utilise exercises that focus on individual muscle groups, working them in isolation and often to the exclusion of other important groups. They do not keep proper records and do not monitor their progress. Training in this way has limited benefits and increases the risk of injury.
Supervised training that encourages correct technique and movement along with monitoring is essential if these problems are to be avoided and the full benefits of a weights regime are to be realised. Only then can players safely develop the power they need to be effective at match time.