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.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.