Rugby World magazine has teamed up with Hartpury College for a series of Deep Heat Fit Camps. The events are being held at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire on July 30th/31st in 2005.
Attendance on either course costs £150 inc VAT per delegate and application details can be found in the latest copy of Rugby World or by calling Adrian at Rugby World on 0207 261 5264. Places on the courses are limited and only players/coaches 18 years or older should apply
Being fit and ready to tackle the rugby season is as much about prevention and management of injury these days as it is about being super-strong and lightning fast.
The subject has become a major concern in professional rugby circles recently and has become central to the agenda of the Deep Heat Fit Camp courses run by former England winger Dan Luger and Paul Pook (for five years the Fitness & Conditioning Coach at NEC Harlequins) this summer for serious amateur players and coaches.
"A successful season for a club at any level is often dictated by the number of times they can field a full-strength first team," says Luger. "Your individual and collective approach to conditioning and recovery has a very strong influence on results. The Fit Camps we run are all about communicating the professional approach to rugby fitness to players and coaches below the elite level. We are meeting a growing demand for best practise examples of how to achieve peak performance even if you are not able to commit to full-time rugby."
The Deep Heat Fit Camps aim to convey all the modern disciplines from fitness assessment methods, enhancement of speed, power and agility, to the correct nutrition and hydration and injury prevention methods. The overall aim is to give coaches and players the ability to design their own effective fitness programmes with measurable results.
Luger and Pook combine with an expert team of coaches, physios and nutritionists for a seminars and workshops with an emphasis on drills and practical experience. The venues have been chosen for their commitment to rugby and first class sports facilities.
Deep Heat Fit Camps are supported by Official Suppliers: Canterbury of New Zealand, Human Kinetics, Lucosade Sport and York Fitness.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.