Challenging Myself

My goal is to expand JSUTrain to include workouts, rugby skills and sports psych tips. The reason that I am doing this is three fold. The first reason is to provide good quality content for high school and collegiate/university rugby players. Amateurs can’t always access the resources and knowledge required to improve their skills. I am hoping to develop a library of videos, workouts and interviews that help young rugby players increase their knowledge and skills. The second reason is to challenge myself to develop as an athlete and a coach.I have been fortunate to train with some amazing players and coaches. As I have benefited from people sharing their knowledge with me, I would like to pass on the favor. The third reason is to give an introduction to rugby for fans of the Philippines Volcanoes. The Volcanoes have been one of the most successful teams in the Philippines with only 1 loss in the last 4 years. Many of the players are developing a following as well-known personalities, however as yet we aren’t turning this attention into new rugby players.

So I set myself this challenge and I hope that someone out there finds this info useful and beneficial.

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End of the Strength Phase

With only one week left in the strength phase, I am noticing that I have put on some weight and increased across the board in strength. I have not felt as strong since I blew out my knee in April against Hong Kong, so this off-season program has helped me get back what I had lost. I know feel pretty comfortable squatting heavy loads for reps and I am back of 225lb/100kg benching comfortably.

I followed the program as closely as I could, when life got in the way I had to accept that. I also modified the workouts so I could focus a little more on my overhead shoulder strength. These modifications kept the stimulus of the program but I used a barbell in some cases to allow me to life more total weight and I pulled a couple of exercises out of circuits so I could work the strength rather than endurance.

It has been nice to know what I am going to do when I head into the gym everyday. I took myself out of my head and I achieved what I wanted to achieve. My goal in the net phase is to really hit the metabolic conditioning with a vengeance and working on the Olympic lifts and kettlebells to increase explosiveness.