Jason X wrote:(For added realism, get someone to punch you in the face every now and then)
that's the best thing I've heard in a while. I get the picture, definitely. I have a ridiculous base of general fitness built up from time bike racing and running. I'm not doing ANY cardio right now save for the warm ups (and that's MAYBE a 1/2 mile at 8 miles an hour after walkinig for 5 minutes). I'm hoping that I can add as much size and strength as quickly as possible, because I know my body type, and if I start with the cardio I'll be tiny forever.
From the sound of it, you will be the fittest one on the field, a lot of rugby players aren't know for their dedication to cardio (Me included).
I like the fact that you have stopped a lot of your cardio to get big! Spoken like a Rugby Player already
The game plan is to add strength (and with it some fat, naturally) and then start the agility/speed drills and lose that fat and try to keep the muscle.
Once the training starts you will definitely lose the fat, probably gain mass in your legs too
It may or may not work, but I REALLY appreciate you popping in. Stronglifts has been good so far, I'm only a few weeks into lifting though. I'll be happy when I get to squat my bodyweight (I'm 30 lbs shy on a 5x5, so I'm sure I could do it once, but that's cheating)
Just keeping at it. I'll be sure to ask you any specific rugby questions I may have.
I'll start with this one. do you stick with energy bars during games, or what do you eat? it's WAY too long to go with nothing for a game, but also WAY to intense to anything anything really substantial, right?
Glad to hear the strong lifts is working well, stick with it and eat a lot and you'll be doing 5x5 of your body weight in no time.
I don't tend to eat during a game, I'll have a big slow release carb meal and hour or so beforehand, Oats, good bread etc. Then I'll drink something like Extend (BCAA plus other stuff) just before I run on. During the game it is pretty much water. Having too much in my stomach makes me want to throw up. A combination of the physical side of things as well as the cardio I guess.
After the game it's a nice hot shower, or ice on the sore bits, then a good meal... Beer is pretty much forced upon you with most clubs as well, ha ha