Strength Training

The topic of core training has been discussed in many articles, blogs, books, webinars etc. The goal of this article is not to revisit what the smart people are saying about the core, but rather introduce a simple way into your rugby training program. First of all, let’s define between core strength & stability: Core...

Recently I was contacted to take part in an old boys rugby game between Paul Roos and our old rivals from Bloemfontein, Grey College. I have not played rugby for 13 years and was very sceptical to take part in this event. I have heard way too many stories of ex-players getting badly injured in these games and even...

It’s a new year and with it always comes new ideas and plans we can use to improve our players. One of them for me is how to incorporate more focused circuit training with my players. Circuit training has become a very popular method of training over the last 10 year or so. With the popularity of Crossfit increasing,...

Part one of this series is mainly about the strength training philosophy that Ashley follows as well as touching on the programming process. In this article, I will have a look at a 3 step process that any trainer can use when developing a strength program for the weight room.   3 Step process for developing a strength...

I had the privilege of recently attending a Strength & Conditioning seminar presented by world-renowned S&C coach, Ashley Jones. Ashley has been a mentor of mine for several years and I have been following his writing on GetStrength and Elite FTS for a couple of years now. Besides the high-level teams he has been...

I want to start this article by given credit to a Greg Nuckols, Keir Wenham-Flatt & Travis Pollen on their writing on the topic that has inspired this article. One of the most notable characteristics of rugby players is their superior size to the average person on the street. I’m a big guy and one of the questions I...

This is the second post from this summit. In part two are some of the notes from Al Vermeil’s presentation. I must admit that this was the first time I have ever heard of Al, but since the summit, I have started reading more about coach Vermeil’s approach and some of his excellent material out there for team...

Although not seen as the most glamorise position in rugby. The props definitely don’t get the recognitions they deserve on the rugby field or as athletes in general. Although the front row seldom entertains the crowd with flashy skills, it is by far one of the most demanding playing positions there is in all team...

Methods & Systems In part one of these articles, I discussed briefly what auto-regulation is, where it come from and the basic use of it in your athletes. Further we looked at what the training window of opportunity is as well as pushing your athletes a bit harder when they are in an optimal state in order to get the...

What is auto-regulation? I’m a big believer in prescribing every rep of every set and every load for my athletes.  It helps with tracking progression, setting goals and psychologically preparing athletes for sessions. Unfortunately precise prescription like this only really works in a precise environment where...