EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Warm up for Stage D tackling and contact sessions

It’s exciting that in England at the very least, contact training is back.

However, with only 15 minutes allowed for contact training, you won’t be wanting to waste any precious time. So, why not get the players warmed up for contact, without contact!

How does that work?

Use personal exercises, with the ground as the contact alternative.

Here are some ideas of activities to use.

Use a game of Touch rugby recycle. This can easily be adapted for six-a-side, either dropping the back defender, or playing with three attackers. After each try, every player does one press up, one sit up, one forward roll, one backward roll.

Thinking around the upper body, Keep up the press-ups with 10 variations can work the shoulders and core in lots of different ways. I like to assign players individual numbers for exercises. Say the fittest might have to do 10 press-ups in one go, the least fit perhaps just three.

Use ups and downs as part of your warm-up routine. Here’s a way to work with it, with two other conditioning exercises which could form part of a carousel.

Finally, why not use The Lions Academy work out to give the players a full range of exercises.

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