How rugby players get fit enough to play in the Rugby Worldcup


Fitness, diet and discipline are just some of the values that are driven into rugby players as they prepare to for a match. 

Generally players focus on hypertrophy, strength, power training, aerobic and anaerobic training in the off-season and preseason. To get rugby players strong, they are drilled with daily workouts that the average person will probably struggle to complete in a week. 

During the world cup players have to work at maintaining their strength and fitness levels.

Have a look at the physical condition SA's Springboks need to be in.

Dangers of this type of training

Health24's Biokinetics and fitness expert, Habib Noorbhai says that players can easily pick up an injury if the technique of the exercises are not administered correctly.

"Players are required to get fit and strong in order to prevent injury; not to take your body to a level where it will not cope which can either result in a burnout or injury.  However, one can not control if a player incurs an injury on field, example: massive collision, concussion and in the face contact. 

"The biggest risk factor for injury is previous injuries so such players should pay caution to this. In addition, The possible dangers connect to intense training plans are significant and therefore this is why adequate fitness levels are required in order to prevent a player from such dangers.

Here's a video on how the All Blacks train in the gym:

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