One thing that no one can deny about the sport of ruby is that the players…yeah, they are buff. Most people can spot a rugby player by his physical physique. Just like in all sports, each workout is crucial in making the players better at the sport. Every lift, squat and curl serves a purpose in the team’s success.
Harry Higgins feels the burn while doing curls
Harry Higgins, a junior on the team, believes lifting and getting in shape is a very important part of rugby. “It develops strength and size. Which in our game, instead of having pads, this is what we use to protect ourselves.”
Higgins does upper body work for protection. In his positions of lock, flank and the 8 position, his opponents are larger than him. “It comes down to a safety issue.”
Although all the players do the same exercises, it translates differently for different positions. Jonathan Mbaya, a center and wing for the team, said what he does helps him help the team. “It’s important that we lift heavy and we do it the same. Just because it’ll help me do my job better for him (Higgins) and him do his job better for me, for the team.”
Jonathan Mbaya building muscle.
What workouts do the players do to get those signature legs? It all starts with squats, front squats and back squats. Front squats provide front leg strength which is needed for players, especially forwards and even backs, during scrums. Scrums are set plays in rugby. Front squats develop power and speed. RDL is the Romanian Deadlifts. It works the hamstring, glutes and lower back. Box jumps enhance strength, speed and endurance. Rugby players often jump off one leg and do side jumps and box jumps makes them better.
With bodies of steel, you can only guess how many compliments they get. “I get compliments on my butt,” said Mbaya, “I get a lot of compliments from women. Guys look at you funny like when you walk in the cafe with the short shorts, you get some funny looks.”
“People love the shorts, the girls love the short shorts. Not the guys, the guys hate us for it. But haters gonna hate, hater be my motivators,” said Higgins.
You cannot blame the average Joe for being jealous. With plenty of squats and weights, anyone can achieve hot legs.
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