Complete Conditioning for Rugby
Today’s rugby players are bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. A focused conditioning programme has become essential to on-field success. Complete Conditioning for Rugby features a comprehensive training approach that builds players’ physical abilities as well as the rugby-specific skills their positions require.
Renowned conditioning coach and former professional player Paul Pook provides exercises, drills and programmes designed to improve the essential elements of the sport—strength, power, quickness and agility. His programmes will help you with these skills:
• Increase strength and power to win those all-important collisions.
• Improve your quickness and agility to be as elusive as the world’s best.
• Develop your core stability and mobility in order to remain injury free.
• Customise your workouts to meet the demands of the position you play.
In addition, the approximately 50-minute DVD takes you into the gym to demonstrate the same exercises and drills used by the game’s best.
With physical assessments, nutrition advice and seasonal workouts, Complete Conditioning for Rugby will take your game to the next level.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Demands of the Game
Chapter 2 Optimising Conditioning
Chapter 3 Testing and Monitoring
Chapter 4 Stability and Mobility
Chapter 5 Strength and Power
Chapter 6 Work Capacity
Chapter 7 Speed and Agility
Chapter 8 Recovery and Nutrition
Chapter 9 Conditioning for Young Players
Chapter 10 Injury Prevention and Player Durability
Chapter 11 Building a Complete Conditioning Programme
“Paul is a pioneer and very creative in thought and constructive in execution. He will often take the lead in facilitating forums for the enhancement of team dynamics and the achievement of a more cohesive team. Paul is a very driven individual and portrays a huge desire for success and fulfilling potential. I have no hesitation in recommending Paul to your organization as a man who is passionate about rugby and sport in general and who has the skills and commitment to make a difference.”
Former Springbok Captain
“I do not think I have ever seen a coach able to improvise like Paul did to get the very best out of a squad of rugby players, young and old! An excellent motivator with endless enthusiasm and a very positive outlook.”
Former England Captain and Director of Rugby Worcester Warriors
“Complete Conditioning for Rugby was written with ambitious rugby players and coaches in mind. It is a superb resource that will give you results.”
Ireland, British and Irish Lions
“Paul Pook’s Complete Conditioning for Rugby is a must-have for any player seeking success on the field."
Wales, 2011 RWC Dream Team
“The book and DVD package captures Pook’s unique approach, making Complete Conditioning for Rugby the most comprehensive training resource in the sport today.”
Wasps, Russia, 2011 RWC Dream Team
“Paul’s comprehensive and passionate approach to player development is reflected in the content of this great book. Every coach will gain insight on developing athleticism to enhance rugby performance and build greater resistance to injury.”
Former Director of the Sale Sharks
Head Coach of Russia Rugby Union