Power Training for Rugby
I’ve worked with amateurs all the way up to international players and there are strong players at every level. Nobody seems to have a problem getting strong. So why is there such a difference in how fast and explosive players are at the various levels? One major reason is POWER.
Trust me when I say that power matters way more than strength for rugby performance. Rugby is a game of time limits. In nearly every movement we make we have limited time to create and apply force. It isn’t the strongest athlete who is the best, it’s the athlete who applies as much force as quickly as possible in the limited time they have.
If you’ve been training a little while, it is perfectly possible to get stronger in the gym and see no improvement whatsoever in explosive movements on the rugby pitch. Unfortunately I see it all the time. Strength is great, but power is what separates great athletes from just good athletes. Give me a powerful guy over a strong guy any day of the week.
Problem: power is WAY harder than strength to develop. A coach I am fond of quoting once remarked that “Getting strong is like falling out of a boat and hitting water”. Unfortunately this is not the case with power. If you don’t train with a high degree of precision, quality and effort, your power- and more importantly your on field performance- just won’t budge.
Now here’s the real ball breaker: the typical rugby player has a very poor understanding of power training: what exercises they should do, how to perform them, how to load them and when to perform them in the training week. It’s a mystery. That’s why I’ve put together this ebook.
In Power Training for Rugby I’ve put together the 10 most important lessons rugby players need to learn to develop maximal power where it counts- on the field. It’s a short, easy to consume ebook with practical training tips and information you put to use right away in your programme. If you implement these principles it is possible to make some serious gains in a fairly short space of time:
London Wasps coach Sam Portland gained 10cm on his box jump in just over 4 weeks of implementing the power training principles found in this book. During my time training Tau Tau Moga at Sydney Roosters, using these principles resulted in an
improvement on Tau’s triple jump by 70cm in just over 6 weeks.
I myself have used the extensive plyometrics techniques discussed in this book to add 2 inches to my vertical jump in one month. All of these are examples of what happens when you take an athlete who is well versed in strength training and add much needed, intelligently designed and precisely implemented power training. If you have struggled to implement power training in your programme up until now, you too can expect a quick boost to your performance in key movements like running, jumping, tackling and cutting.