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Old 06-12-2009, 01:52 AM   #1
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Default Hello all, and a program i've been devising.

Hi all, i've been lurking here for a while now and finally decided to sign up, this seems to be one of the best forums out there.

Anyway I play rugby for my university with the season starting up again in October. After experimenting for the last 10 weeks or so I have come up with a simple program which needs refining, hopefully with input from you guys here.

Day1: Strength
Day2: KB
Day3: Hill Sprints
Day4: Strength
Day5: KB
Day6: Hill sprints
Day7: Rest

Pretty simple right but I think that's a good thing.

Strength days revolving around PP/bearpowered deadlifts (deadlift followed by plyos), pullup variations and some sort of squatting movement (more for mobility than anything, OHS?).

KB days basically V02 max type stuff followed by pressing.

Hill sprints are self explanatory but I do them in sets of 5-10 with the distance about 10 seconds and the rest period the walk down to the bottom.

Criticism is what i'm after here please, I've gone from bill starr to westside style programming to this sort of stuff so it's not exactly set in concrete!
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:39 AM   #2
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What is your end goal? That will help us form where we think you should be headed. Is hits just an off-season program form July-October? Or what? What are your strength numbers right now? What is your experience level with the lifts?
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:35 AM   #3
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Deep breath...

I have lifter for 2 years now, and have no problems with form on pretty much everything except the snatch, which I just don't do.
Strength numbers right now are 175kg deadlift, I have squatted 125kg for 5 reps a while back but have been putting emphasis on the front squat recently instead as well as working on clean technique (to aid my mobility). I can clean and power clean 80kg and jerk that overhead too. I have been experimenting with many movements and have taken the emphasis away from just strength development.
I'm new to kettlebells and have been doing swings, clean and presses and getups with my 24kg bell.

I weigh just over 80kg and am 5'11 and the positions I play all include a lot of opportunity for try scoring (center, wing, fullback).

Last preseason I followed SS and then Bill Starrs barbell programs which added a good amount of much needed bodyweight and strength but I was way less agile, felt heavy and didn't have enough endurance... and also developed shin splints very quickly.

I don't feel that I need to gain anymore bodyweight. I just want to become an absolute animal before next season!

... and relax.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:12 AM   #4
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What are the most important athletic skills in rugby? As I recall, strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance come to mind. If you haven't already, have a look at CrossFit Football [url="http://www.crossfitfootball.com/"] instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Seems like you need more endurance than a football player though, so I'd add in the occasional longer run (5K/10K).
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:56 AM   #5
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I don't know much about CF Football but I know there is a wealth of info here on this thread from almost 2 years ago.

http://www.cathletics.com/forum/show...ighlight=rugby

Another great thread:
http://www.cathletics.com/forum/show...ighlight=rugby

It's a lot of information but I won't stop there James Evans did a great article which sums up a lot of the things he says in the threads in his Performance Menu article about S&C for Rugby in PM #23 he has a 12 week preseason template in there already.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #6
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I'm not the worlds biggest fan of the crossfit football stuff.

Ah yes I've seen these threads before, really good info. I think rugby has a very unique metabolic demand, it's not a case of training like you would for football and throwing in a long distance run occasionally. It's more about power endurance, mainly from sprinting and tackling/pushing. I'm a big fan of Ross Enamaits work, that style of endurance conditioning is what i'm after, only with more sprint work. The KB stuff is basically to bridge the gap between the gym and the field. The gym stuff is to predominantly train the CNS with big bang for the buck deadlifts.

I don't think i'm reinventing the wheel here, just applying a good set of training styles which I think gel well together.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:09 PM   #7
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You might be working with the right concepts, but that seems like a pretty busy week. Are you sure you could recover from 6 on-1 off week in and week out? You might find an extra rest day or two will allow you to recover and make more progress.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:15 PM   #8
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I played inside and outside center. If I had it do over again I would spend
* two days of weights (HPC, PS, FS, BS, BP, PP, weighted pullups), agility, and metcon
* one day with just weights
* another day of interval or sprint work
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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Unless getting about 10 hours sleep a night, eating hella awesome, and periodizing this routine I can see you lasting a few weeks at best before you start breaking down. Maybe a bit longer depending upon how much you've hammered yourself the past few weeks.

Where's the overhead strength work? I would skip the KB press on your KB days and do some more overheads on your strength days. Your KB work is primarily met-con or active recovery? Or at least it appears that way.

You will need to plan a few periodic rest days and eat like there's no tomorrow to pull this off. But it can be done.

Good luck.

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Old 06-12-2009, 02:51 PM   #10
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No i'm not entirely sure I could recover, thoughts were that the strength days are high intensity but low volume, and therefore wouldn't cane me too much. Maybe the weekend off is the way to go, I think that's one for testing.

Gant that's actually similar to what's going on in my head at the moment, except with fewer exercises. I've been doing cleans sporadically lately and am starting to question whether they are an exercise worth training or just worth having the movement pattern for and periodically testing maxes with. Same with the squat i'm feeling more inclined to use it as a movement rather than a heavy load.

Arden the KB work is meant to be metcon V02 max stuff, high rep swings for time etc... with pressing following it. I just figured as pressing is probably the least important aspect to train why not do it overhead with the KB which would be good for balanced development in the shoulder.

Should I be doing most of my pressing with barbells then? And do I win the award for the weirdest program?
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