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Fit for Rugby: Train Like a Rugby Player

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and gym chain Virgin Active partnered up to create Fit for Rugby, a fitness programme and online hub to inspire people to train like an elite rugby player. Richard Jones discovers more about this holistic approach to fitness, which welcomes all comers

It’s important to have goals, and for many fitness enthusiasts that means being able to emulate, or at least imitate, their sporting heroes. As part of its partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), high-tech gym chain Virgin Active has swapped goals for tries by creating a fitness programme and online hub that aims to inspire people to train like an elite rugby player.

Fit for Rugby brings together England Rugby’s expertise on optimal exercises for the sport and Virgin Active’s knowledge of a holistic 360˚ approach to fitness, within uniquely-designed 6 and 12-week courses.

The programme features current players from England’s men’s and women’s senior and Sevens teams, and are suitable for people of any level of ability.

Whether the participant plays the sport or not, the aim of Fit for Rugby is not only to improve sports skills, but also to enhance physical and mental wellness.

How does it work?

Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the RFU Mark Bennett co-devised the programme with Virgin Active.

Mark explains: “We have devised a training plan that everyone can follow, from regular first XV club players doing the advanced programme, to those who are new to rugby undertaking the beginner level.

“The plan dictates that people spend different amounts of time in each training block dependent on their level – beginner, intermediate or advanced.

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