I was never that small. I was put into the backs when I started because there wasn’t a spot for me in the forwards and I was pretty fast. So basically I’ve always been a forward who just happened to play in the backline (and select side at that).
Also, I’ve propped before (I have played EVERY position in a match at one time or another) and so I feel like I’m coming home after 17 years.
If you don’t mind some unsolicited advice I think lifting straps and bench shirts are a waste of time anyway when training for fitness or a sport other than powerlifting, that’s just my biased opinion of course, YMMV. You don’t wear lifting straps on the rugby pitch so why wear them in the gym; you can get a really strong grip by learning to use a hook grip on deadlifts like olympic lifters do. You might want to wait until the offseason, of course, to try anything new like that. I started weightlifting for high school rugby and really wish I would have known about Bill Starr and his ilk back then.
Most people don’t follow Olympic lifting any more, check out the strongest man in the world Hossein Reza-Zadeh. BTW: The weights lifted in the vid are in the 400-500 lb range, he has clean & jerked 263 kg.
Pour on the advice. I’ve lifted on and off for the last 10 years, but never with the goal of putting up bigger numbers; it was always to increase my endurance. I completely agree with you, though, and I only use the straps for my highest or two highest lifts of the day. For the record, I came in 10 pounds under 1000 on my dead lifts today. I wasn’t disappointed, though, because I was doing five reps at 350; I just got too tired to get the 360 up.
I just discovered the hook grip a couple weeks ago. I keep forgetting to try it out, but it looks promising. I’ve read that it hurts your thumb really bad, and both of my thumbs have been so badly jammed at several points in time that I’m a bit skittish about it. But I’m going to try it any way. FWIW, one of my best tackling games ever was when both my thumbs were busted, and I couldn’t grab anything at all. Made me wrap up really well.
Holy. Crap. I wonder what that guy weighs, because 105kg+ doesn’t seem very descriptive. Hell, I weigh 105kg+, and I’d look absolutely tiny next to him!!!
Well, in that case… Glad to have you back, Donkey!
Speaking of geeks in front of the computer, I’ve been helping my friends move since my first day of college. I went to an engineering school, so we were all a bunch of nerds. I climbed the stairs countless times and met a bunch of grateful parents that day. And also shaved two guys heads, but that’s a different story.
Damn! Congrats on the huge lifts. I would love to put up numbers like that someday, but I’m doing too much endurance training right now for big strength gains. After fire season I’m planning on a couple months of hardcore barbell training. Good luck!
Hells, let me know when you want to get started on that, I’ll forward you some of the programs that were shared with me. A lot of them are 8 week programs, 3 times a week, which seems like it might suit you well. As Fooey said, though, if you look into Bill Starr, madcow, and Starting Strength, you should be able to find everything you need.
Yeah, I’m a big SS/Crossfit freak. I did SS workouts religiously for a month in the spring and the gains were pretty awesome. But it was amazing how quickly those three workouts a week took up all my time, by the time I got done eating 4000 calories and sleeping 10 hours a day.
What 8 week program do you have? That sounds ideal. (I’m still a pretty novice lifter: BP 170, squat 215, DL 300 at BW 160. If that makes any difference.)
Again colour me impressed with these achievements. I’m currently on 176 for squats (2x10 reps) and 143 for deadlift (2x10 reps as well) - my weights are in KG which is why they probably seem a little strange. But then I’m a 5’7 guy who weighs about 155lb so I don’t think what I’m lifting is proportionately too bad, and I’m certainly no rugby player (although maybe I’m missing out given that I hear they’re not called rugger buggers for nothing ).
6’1" 360 lbs as far as I recall. I think of myself struggling to break 300+ lbs from the floor and then I imagine what it must be like to be standing in front of a bar loaded to to 580 lbs and knowing you are about to hold it at arm’s length above your head. I can’t believe there are human beings that strong.
The think I realized was that beginner, intermediate, and advanced aren’t determined by how long you’ve been lifting or how much experience you have, but by how fast your gains are coming up.
There’s a lot of stuff out there, but the one recommended to me that I ended up using was:
There’s a bunch of 5x5 programs by these guys out there, but they’re all basically squatting three times a week, benching and barbell rows twice a week, deadlifts and military presses once a week. Since I’m technically a beginner, I modified the numbers heavily (there’s an Excel spreadsheet you can download), and gained up much faster than they suggest for intermediates.
The programs look funny, because there’s no bicep or tricep, only one chest workout, only one back workout, very little shoulders, no extensions or leg curls. But, trust me, when you’re at the end of that workout, you won’t have the energy to do any more sets. Plus, you work your secondary muscles a lot more than you think with bench and rows.
Again. Holy. Crap. I certainly remember not being able to break 225 from the floor. The first time I attempted 315, I was so surprised that I actually got it up that I almost dropped it!