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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.