FITNESS TESTING

BENCHMARKING TESTS: TAKING FITNESS TO THE LIMIT

At points throughout your training regime, you may want to benchmark your fitness results in the minimal time. This calls for certain fitness challenges that will push you to the…

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018- TEAM RUGBYDUMP- AGILITY

The School of Calisthenics duo Tim and Jacko take Team RugbyDump through three progressive agility drills to increase full body physical agility with a focus on ‘bomb proofing’ the shoulders….

Test PEP TALKS

FAMOUS INSPIRATIONAL & MOTIVATIONAL SPEECHES FROM RUGBY GREATS

Rugby motivational speeches are a building block of the game, something that is not surprising since this team sport demands full commitment. Anyone who listened to former Wales international Scott…

UPPER BODY

PHYSICAL STRENGTH BUILDING – UPPER BODY

The big hit is a big thing in rugby – think of the unforgettable impact (literally) that the legendary Jonah Lomu made on the 1995 Rugby World Cup. So you…

5 SQUATS

5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF SQUATS: KNOWING WHAT SQUAT IS WHAT

Squats should be a staple of your workout regime as they engage multiple areas of your body at one time. The way you hold the bar or the stance you…

RUGBY FIT

A WORKOUT DESIGNED FOR THE DEMANDS OF RUGBY UNION

To play rugby nowadays requires a mindboggling range of skillsets. You have to be super-fit, agile yet strong, rapid yet muscular – and the key to attaining this level of…

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018- TEAM RUGBY DUMP- ENDURANCE

It’s Week 3 of the Canterbury #RugbyFit Tour and Team RugbyDump are being put through their paces by former Royal Marine Commando and endurance athlete, Aldo Kane, who is helping…

BATH

PLAYER INSIGHTS: CHARLIE EWELS AND MATT BANAHAN – BATH RUGBY

  We talked to Bath Rugby’s Matt Banahan and Charlie Ewels about their preparation for The Clash against Leicester Tigers on Saturday 8th April at Twickenham Stadium. Matt you’ve played…

DYLAN HARTLEY – MAKE IT REAL EPISODE 2

England Captain Dylan Hartley lets us in on some secrets. When was the last time he lost his temper? Which film makes him cry and what is the biggest misconception…

GVT

A GUIDE TO GERMAN VOLUME TRAINING

You have to go back to the 1970s to discover the origins of GVT (German Volume Training). A group of bodybuilders realised you can gain a great deal of lean…

FOAM ROLLERS

ROLLING OUT THE CHANGES: MYTHS, TRUTHS & BENEFITS OF FOAM ROLLERS

Foam rollers are increasingly prevalent in the post-game recovery regimes of professional athletes, although this form of stretching been around for quite some time as a means of undoing knots…

NO GYM

HOW TO WORK OUT WITHOUT A GYM IN SIGHT

When the sight of yet another barbell is bringing you down, it may be time to change up your training regime with an outdoor workout. Whether it be chopping trees,…

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018- TEAM RUGBYLAD- POWER AND STRENGTH

Week 2 of the Canterbury #RugbyFit Tour sees Team RugbyLAD in the gym building strength and power with last year’s trainer Brian Keane in preparation for the 2018 #RugbyFit final….

TRAINING AND DIABETES WITH EOIN COSTELLO

Training With Diabetes: Nutrition A wholesome diet of carbohydrates, fats and proteins is essential for anyone trying to lose weight, build muscle or simply live a healthier life. For a…

KEEP SATISFIED

FIVE RECIPES TO KEEP YOU SATISFIED THROUGHOUT RUGBY TRAINING

Your training preparation must be an ongoing, 24/7 commitment. It’s not just about pre-game energy foods; it’s also about post-training muscle recovery, and that means having a nutrition plan for…

LOWER BODY

BUILDING LOWER BODY STRENGTH FROM THE FOUNDATIONS UP

Your legs are crucial to your performance on the park, so your rugby workout for your lower body has to be spot on. You may have shoulders like Atlas and…

SKILLS & DRILLS WITH ENGLAND RUGBY SEVENS – PLYOMETRIC BOUNDING

Try these bounding drills from England Rugby Sevens to help boost your power and speed. Crucial in the game of Rugby 7s.  

BECOME A COACH

HOW TO BECOME A RUGBY COACH: PASSING ON YOUR PASSION FOR RUGBY

The position of rugby coach is incredibly important to the health of the game, with many professional players ever thankful for that one person who mentored them at the very…

MOTIVATION

6 POSITIVE MENTAL EXERCISES TO MOTIVATE YOU

The brain is the body’s strongest muscle, one that you can train in the same way as others, to prepare yourself to go the extra mile physically. Mental preparation is…

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018 – THE FINAL

Over the past 5 weeks, two amateur teams from England and Ireland have been put through their paces by some of the best fitness professionals in the business. It’s now…

JUNKYARD DOG – SKILLS & DRILLS WITH IRISH RUGBY

You have to try this warm-up drill for the name alone. Watch below as Andrew Conway, Kieran Marmion and Dan Leavy demonstrate the Junkyard Dog.  

SNACKS

FEELING PECKISH? HEALTHY RUGBY SNACKS FOR ATHLETES

For the competitive rugby player, it is better to think not just of meals, but also of snacks – the flapjack is your friend! By regulating your breakfast, lunch and…

DYLAN HARTLEY – MAKE IT REAL EPISODE 1

We get close and personal with England Captain Dylan Hartley. Find out what motivates and makes him feel alive.  

Skills & Drills - England Rugby - Turnover Ball

SKILLS & DRILLS WITH ENGLAND RUGBY – TURNOVER BALL

Try this turnover drill from the England Rugby lads to help you compete for the ball at the breakdown  

WANT TO FUEL YOUR PERFORMANCE LIKE A BRITISH & IRISH LION?

  The British & Irish Lions Nutritionist from the 2013 and 2017 tours will show you how to get your rugby nutrition right.

IMPROVING ARM POWER – SKILLS & DRILLS WITH ENGLAND WOMEN XVs

Need to work on your offload? Building power in your arms can be the difference between getting your pass away and succumbing to the tackle.  

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018- TEAM RUGBY DUMP- SKILLS

It’s Week 4 of the Canterbury #RugbyFit Tour and Team RugbyDump are focusing on attack with Ben Foden who is introducing the team to the Four Pod System in order…

#RUGBYFIT TOUR 2018- TEAM RUGBY DUMP- POWER AND STRENGTH

Week 2 of the Canterbury #RugbyFit Tour sees Team RugbyDump train with fitness expert Alex Crockford to help improve the team’s full body strength and power ahead of the #RugbyFit…

WHEELBARROW WARM-UP – SKILLS & DRILLS WITH IRISH RUGBY

Try this warm-up drill as demonstrated by Andrew Conway, Kieran Marmion and Dan Leavy. Ready. Set. GO!  

CROSSFIT

WHY RUGBY TRAINING SHOULD USE DIFFERENT SPORTS EXERCISES FOR RUGBY

It’s sometimes difficult to look beyond the rugby changing room for tips on how you should be maintaining your fitness plan. However, there is much to be learnt from other…

COMMITTED TO THE GAME

We firmly believe that the best way to get to where you want to be is to get stuck straight in. Train well, plan ahead, set goals. Make the hard yards now and before you know it, you’ll be going above and beyond your initial expectations with a sense of achievement that’s second-to-none.

To help you get there, we’ve put together a whole load of invaluable advice, tips, how-to’s & instruction for improving performance on the rugby pitch: in the gym, after the game, mealtime & from the sideline. On top of that you’ll also be able to enjoy hour upon hour of bite-sized instructional videos from some of rugby’s top athletes.

This hub of training knowledge was set up by us at Canterbury, sponsors of The British & Irish Lions, England & Ireland Rugby. We support some of the highest performing athletes in the rugby game.