Chris Tombs


August 20, 2020

Strength Foundation - Finish 2020 Strong, to Start 2021 Fast…

This year will be remembered for many things, but one thing is for certain, the longest “off season” in pro sports ever. Time to take stock, reflect and close in on training goals that can add sustainability and physical prowess to your career development and long term success.  

Why prioritize strength development between now and 2021? Easy, no contact and collision in either practice or matches, no high running loads in practice or matches. Both these elements are an essential part of the game and training however, they also stress the body and have impact on other physical qualities required to be successful on the field.

Power differentiates the elite from the sub elite, and power is built from a strength foundation! Recovery from training and matches takes time and we only have a finite amount of time in the week. Now is the time to invest in your physical development. 4 hours a week or just over 2%. 2% that can have massive impact on the quality and longevity of your playing career.

Without doubt, the best time to build functional capacity and structural balance, which will not only improve performance, but increase robustness too is now! It’s also the time to cook and prepare your meals that fuel training and importantly adaptation to the training stress.  

Living the pro life is not just an “in season” thing, it’s a 24/7 thing. Frequency and consistency are the cornerstones of producing results. Remember, its only 2% of the week, 2! Well structured, progressively challenging work that builds towards the 2021 rugby restart. Increasing your maximum strength will have a positive impact on subsequent sub maximal tasks and the transfer to on field speed and power activities.

If you don’t have access to coaches or programming, the AC can help, we have the virtual solution for you.

Chris Tombs

Power differentiates the elite from the sub elite, and power is built from a strength foundation!