Book/DVD package by renowned conditioning coach and former professional
player Paul Pook provides exercises, drills and programs designed to
improve the essential elements of the sport--strength, power, quickness,
and agility. The DVD takes you into the gym to demonstrate the same
exercises and drills used by the game’s best.
Today’s rugby players are bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. A focused conditioning programme has become essential to on-field success. Complete Conditioning for Rugby features a comprehensive training approach that builds players’ physical abilities as well as the rugby-specific skills their positions require.
Renowned conditioning coach and former professional player Paul Pook provides exercises, drills and programmes designed to improve the essential elements of the sport—strength, power, quickness and agility. His programmes will help you with these skills:
Increase strength and power to win those all-important collisions.
Improve your quickness and agility to be as elusive as the world’s best.
Develop your core stability and mobility in order to remain injury free.
Customise your workouts to meet the demands of the position you play.
In addition, the approximately 55-minute DVD takes you into the gym to demonstrate the same exercises and drills used by the game’s best.
With physical assessments, nutrition advice and seasonal workouts, Complete Conditioning for Rugby will take your game to the next level.
Introduction Chapter 1 Demands of the Game Chapter 2 Optimising Conditioning Chapter 3 Testing and Monitoring Chapter 4 Stability and Mobility Chapter 5 Strength and Power Chapter 6 Work Capacity Chapter 7 Speed and Agility Chapter 8 Recovery and Nutrition Chapter 9 Conditioning for Young Players Chapter 10 Injury Prevention and Player Durability Chapter 11 Building a Complete Conditioning Programme
Paul Pook has worked in high-performance rugby for more than 15
years. A former professional player, Paul was Ireland's national fitness
coach and part of Ireland's Grand Slam-winning coaching team. More
recently, Paul was appointed head of conditioning for the Russia Rugby
Union and prepared the national team for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New
Zealand. Paul has a special interest in workload management and player
longevity. He recently presented at the RBS Six Nations conference in
Venice on the subjects of GPS and optimising player workload and shortly
afterward presented at the Italian Olympic Federation in Rome on the
subject of athlete longevity. He is currently researching the
application of an interactive web portal for optimising performance and
Paul has also founded a unique residential high-performance centre in
Southwest France. Catering to ambitious players and coaches, the centre
contains the very latest strength and conditioning equipment, which will
ensure both individuals and teams achieve their optimal fitness in order
to compete at the highest level of sport.
“Paul is a pioneer and very creative in thought and
constructive in execution. He will often take the lead in facilitating
forums for the enhancement of team dynamics and the achievement of a
more cohesive team. Paul is a very driven individual and portrays a huge
desire for success and fulfilling potential. I have no hesitation in
recommending Paul to your organization as a man who is passionate about
rugby and sport in general and who has the skills and commitment to make
Former Springbok Captain
“I do not think I have ever seen a coach able to improvise like
Paul did to get the very best out of a squad of rugby players, young and
old! An excellent motivator with endless enthusiasm and a very positive
Former England Captain and Director of Rugby Worcester Warriors
“Complete Conditioning for Rugby was written with
ambitious rugby players and coaches in mind. It is a superb resource
that will give you results.”
Ireland, British and Irish Lions
“Paul Pook’s Complete Conditioning for Rugby is a
must-have for any player seeking success on the field."
Wales, 2011 RWC Dream Team
“The book and DVD package captures Pook’s unique approach, making
Complete Conditioning for Rugby the most comprehensive training
resource in the sport today.”
Wasps, Russia, 2011 RWC Dream Team
“Paul’s comprehensive and passionate approach to player development
is reflected in the content of this great book. Every coach will gain
insight on developing athleticism to enhance rugby performance and build
greater resistance to injury.”