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I’m Getting Back Into Rugby!

So what’s new this week?

Well last night I went to play rugby for the first time in around 4 years!

Why is that relevant? Well I want to talk about something abut my instructor used to talk about way back int (Yorkshire for in the) day.

He used to say “go back to being a white belt”

Now the main reason he said this was to get the instructors underneath him to put themselves in a position where they understand what its like to start something new.

To go to being a beiginner & not know how to do everything because they’ve done it a thousand million times with their eyes closed – going back to a white belt

So yeah – last night I want up to a local Rugby team & to be honest I was crapping myself.

I mean I haven’t played since 2011 I think & then it was for my schools team.

Now in comparison to the school league I wasn’t THAT bad to be honest – I even got an award.

Look…

Rugby

But the level of players I saw last night both scared me & made me excited.

I can’t wait to play my first game with them, train with them – get around people who are hungry for progress in the weight room & build their performance.

Having more coaches to help me evolve & who can help me learn even more!

Plus on top of that it will be a great challenge to move away from barbells, chalk & walls for a while during the week.

It will be more, rain, cold being flattened by 20 stone monsters – ‘character building’ I think its called…

But in terms of complete fitness I do think it’s important to a sport/activity of some sort that you can

  1. Have something to push you a little further in your training
  2. Be around like minded people who will push you in all areas of your life
  3. Force you to train you weaknesses
  4. Have coaches to help guide you

So why am I getting back into rugby after all this time?

Well I’m good at strength, power, bodybuilding & throwing people around

However having quick feet, being agile & speed is my down fall & a sure way to increase that is to have a team of people relying on you to improve.

You see when there’s more than you involved there’s another reason to push through the pain in pursuit of the goal in mind – that sounded sweet!

Plus a monster screaming at you & wanting to crush you into the floor in order to get his hands on the ball will be a good little motivating thought 😀

So in all seriousness why don’t you try taking up something new?

Whether it be to become a white belt in order for you to find it easier to help others,

Push yourself out of your comfort zone & be forced to work on your weaknesses

Or just for a change in scenery – something to get you outside or around new people!

It could truly be anything too, I’m going to start doing ballet lessons early next year to work on my flexibility & leg strength.

Yes – there will be pictures – don’t worry 😉

But the most important thing is to have fun with it & experience new things!

Speak Soon

Patros

Shaking It Up

Recently I’ve been working serious overtime.

I haven’t been hitting my training as often and consistently as I would have liked to and as a result of this I felt slow, weak and tired. Normally I train three times per week with a Chest, Shoulders & Triceps on day 1 (Mon/Tue). Back & Biceps Day 2 (Wed/Thur) & Legs on day 3 (Fri/Sat).

Looking back and reflecting on why I think my training dedication started to lag was the fact that I hadn’t changed what I was doing in about 3/4 months.

I had no variety, nothing to look forward to doing, I stopped chasing numbers and Setting goals.

I let myself get bored with my training to be honest and it resulted in me really not feeling hungry enough to get myself to the gym when I knew I should.

I haven’t trained properly in about 3 weeks now and this past week I’ve been trying a new way of doing things!

For the best part of this year I’ve stuck to this Bodybuilding style routine and I’ve seen some really good strength/muscle gains. Over the past 3 weeks however I’ve struggled to find the energy to train my body parts as a split routine. So I’ve switched to more of a power/athletic full body routine.

The Result?

I feel ALIVE again!!

My energy has come back and I’m hungry to train my ass off and get my numbers up.

I’m following a basic power based plan (lots of cleans, box jumps, sprints, squats) Then following up with some strength work (Deadlifts, presses, rows) then accessioning like a bodybuilder to keep imbalances away and muscle shape as well.

So what I want to tell you is its not only important to vary how you train (different sets/rep combinations) to stimulate your muscles in different ways to continue with progress. But also for your own sanity, enjoyment and experiences you should (in my opinion) change what you do too. Try doing an olympic weight cycle, try using Strongman equipment, incorporate different training methods into your routine and see what works and what doesn’t.

My bet that introducing something completely different into your training will force your body to adapt to it after a few weeks and the results from this (my guess) would be that your performance will improve in what you originally were doing.

Plus I find that training more of a full body routine every now and then really helps with the ball ache of having super bad muscle soreness for a few days that restricts your movement and more important, your sitting down abilities after leg day!!

So have a go at something new! (Like Atlas Stones :D)

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Don’t be afraid to learn something new and step out of your comfort zone! It might actually help you with your main sport/activity.

Speak Soon

Patros