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-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).