Book Review by Scrum Magazine James Haskell's "An Introduction to Becoming and Remaining RugbyFit"

The beginning of a new year comes with it the turning of new leaves for so many rugby fans, with commitments to improved fitness part of the opportunities presented by the start of a new calendar cycle.

With best intentions, it’s always harder to achieve what you can without some sort of literary aid and in James haskell’s Rugby Fit ebook, you couldn’t enlist a more accomplished training partner. England international James, who has amassed over 60 caps in a career that has taken in all corners of the world, has compiled the perfect fitness guide in his eponymous book, which features several key facets.

Thirteen is the magic haskell number here, as he takes you through the easy-to-digest chapters that will ultimately help you to achieve whatever goals you have set yourself. 

If you are willing to put the work in, the rest will take care of itself essentially. A visual training plan is something to which all aspiring athletes must stick, for it gives focus and reminds people what their goals are. In this ebook, James provides just that as an example so that you might like to copy it as a base.

In addition, a descriptive text on how to achieve the most out of a warm-up is a real highlight; so often injuries occur without the proper procedures having been undertaken, but we see over the course of eight pages a diverse and genuinely interesting way in which to attack this vital training component. James takes readers through what he believes are the important aspects of getting rugby fit, focussing on the perceived brutalities of strength and conditioning but with such variance that the routines seem approachable. 

Bodyweight, Resistance and power endurance training are all addressed ahead of the excellent rugby-specific content; the beauty of each section is that there is a detailed breakdown of how to sculpt your sessions, with lots of little tips and tricks to add in the professional touch.

Rest and recuperation are as important as the act of training itself in modern day sport, and so James’ views on how best to approach these aspects are golden as well. From icing bumps and bruises to expert nutrition instruction and ideas, the ebook finishes as it remains throughout- an excellent way to change the way you train and maybe give you the impetus for a 2016 assault on being the best athlete you can possibly be!

Stuart MacLennan
Editor – The Scrum Magazine 

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