Rugby Fitness Training With No Sleep

Got a great email from one of my Get fit for Rugby coaching clients.

The gist of it was “How do I plan my  rugby fitness training around
my rugby fitness training around my shifts?”

GREAT question because there is no doubt
it is tough.

This is a guy who is a Doctor, on call.

Tough going – but loves a run around at the

Trains twice a week and more importantly
uses it for keeping healthy.

GREAT stuff.

Anyhow…when he hansn’t got his hand up
where the sun doesn’t shine examining folks
and stitching up people he is fitting in a couple
of Get fit for Rugby Training Sessions and
club training.

Here is what I would do:

1) If you are tired and properly tired don’t train.

2) Get quality sleep by using black out blinds
or an eye mask.

Learn to sleep on a clothes line.

3) If you do train but are not feeling like a warrior
then cut the volume but not the weight.

So if you wanted to 100kg for 5 reps for 5 sets
maybe do 1 and leave it at that.

Don’t drop the weight.

4) Get great nutrition into you

5) Stretching and sauna stuff works well.

6) Learn the art of pre-peri and post workout

nutrition and the window of opportunity that you

have to accelerate your recovery

You see where there is a will there is a way and
in this case there is no difference.

Yes it is tough but life aint a cushy number really
is it?

John Lark is author of Get Fit for Rugby the Ultimate Rugby Fitness Manual.


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