Archive for January, 2016

Strength & Conditioning for Rugby

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Today was another day of seminars, only this time through my day job. It was fantastic to pull all the S&C coaches in my region together and have a ‘meeting of the minds’ to share best practice and ultimately better support our athletes. Good S&C coaches make good rugby athletes, and while I’m eager to discover how Scotland perform in the up and coming six nations, I am already excited with anticipation of the next generation of players to come through the system and put their stamp on the blue jersey.

Sometimes I wish my athletes moved as well as my coaches! There was great enthusiasm coupled with some admittedly agile and impressive movement in our ‘Judo for Rugby’ workshop today.




Training Update

Monday, January 18th, 2016

December and January are typically quiet months for me due to athletes having time off over the holidays in preparation for national fitness testing and camps. It means that I’m in the office more than on the road and I can dial down on a regular lifting schedule which helps in making progress/ managing fatigue.

I’m currently in week six of a strength block and I was pleased with hitting a 135kg on bench press in the second week in January. My previous best was 130kg, which you will see in the video is certainly a lot easier than it use to be. So much so that I didn’t have a spotter during the below session (not advisable when you’re benching). Granted I’m never going to win any records with my bench press strength, but then, I don’t want to. I have a objective notion of where I want my body to be when I am in ‘peak condition’ and though it will be some-while away, I’m tracking well to achieve it and enjoying the process as I go :) .

Scottish Martial Arts Centre Seminars

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

The Scottish Martial Arts Centre has a track record of success in both domestic and international competition so it was a real pleasure to be asked in to present on a few topics, both for the fight team and recreational gym members.

Seminar: Nutrition 101
In the first seminar I was debunking misconceptions with regards to healthy eating and eating for performance. Learning simple principles that can be applied consistently really make the difference with nutrition, and this seminar gave me the platform to share with members what habits I use with my clients and athletes to achieve success.

Workshop: S&C for Martial Arts
This was a gym based workshop where I discussed the concept of understanding the needs of both the individual and the requirements of the sport.  In this workshop we covered key exercises that should be included in a martial artist’s regime as well as progressions/ regressions on useful accessory exercises.