For Rugby Players
Zenergize Pilates And Workshops Are A Must For Any Rugby Player Wanting To Drastically Improve Performance And Reduce Injury Risk
Including: Pilates, Stretching, Therapy Balls and Guided Enhanced Performance Meditation
As you know Rugby is a game of power, speed, endurance, strength and stamina, agility and muscle balance and flexibility to prevent injury. You require all of these especially as it’s played faster and harder than ever before. The forces acting on your body during tackles, rucks, mauls and lineouts and the requirements of the body to deal with these forces continuously over the course of a season are demanding to say the least. Unsurprisingly, injuries are more frequent. A large proportion of injuries can be attributed to a discrepancy in the working of two different sets of muscles; global and local. Global muscles are extremely important for rugby players as they are large muscles purpose-built for generating speed and power (Hamstrings, Quads, Chest and Arm muscles) and they respond well to the traditional forms of strength training. Local muscles are small, usually attaching directly to the spine (muscles at the base of your skull, between the shoulder blades and underneath the visible ‘6 pack’ abs) and are purpose built to produce low levels of force for a long period of time. This provides a long lasting stability for the spine and joints of the body. These muscles are often neglected by traditional forms of strength training, and as a result, they weaken, the nerves that supply them become increasingly inactive, and they stop working correctly. However the body still requires the spine and joints to be stable especially considering the amount of force acting on the body in a game of rugby; the muscle energy needed to provide this support now has to come from the global muscles. And if they have to provide stability as well as the force to move, this dual role reduces the power they’re able to generate and increases the chance of injury. The solution is to retrain both sets of muscle groups to work efficiently and effectively together as a unit. Whilst retraining the local muscle groups to provide the necessary support and stability for the body, whilst easing the pressure and improving the primary function of the global muscle system, enabling them focus on producing speed and power which in turn leads to greater overall strength and performance.