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Base Strength - Squat Circuits

Squats are one of the most important whole-body exercises for rugby players, and as with all strength training, it's vital to perfect the squat technique before adding weights. Here are a few examples of a good squatting technique along with other exercises to put into a quick body-weight circuit.

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Hi, I'm Jack Quinn. I'm assuming conditioning coach. I'm going to take you through some body weight conditioning stuff for rug. But when you're doing it, it's perfect home soil condition. You can just do without any equipment or something. You can just grab from home. First exercise is going to be a lower body strength exercise. We're going to start with one exercise very basic and then progress from there. So at about shoulder width apart toes slightly out. We call it about ten to two hands on your shoulders. I'm going to get you to squat for me all the way as low as you can a few times these out bum as low as you can nice and controlled the whole way through the exercise to make that more difficult slow. This one the way down as much as you can. I think falls from the progression from that if you want that too easy. It is to move on to at lunch hands on the hips this time. We're going to start with your left leg first your lunge out in front of yourself and you're lunging down knee in front of your toe the whole time and back to the start and the same again on the right leg. Can do that from the side angle on the mat left leg first straight out in front of you always looking forward and then back to the start. You're not looking to go over the knee just down in the middle back to the start not finding that to challenging progression from that. It's called a Bulgarian split squat. Stand Square on we'll go left leg first again, right leg up behind you on the chair or anything you have. Hands on your hips looking forward and lunge down and back up again nice and slow fast for the second bullet when you set yourself up don't set yourself up too narrow. So you become a wobbly make sure your hips are nice and open as you would if you were squatting and the same again on the other leg nice and controlled. So as I mentioned on the squat, if you really want to make things challenging just slow down that initial bit of the lift. And then fast up as a junior or as a starter if you like a beginner, it's great to start on the basics. Just start on the on the body weight squats look to do maybe 10 reps as a target for squats. If you can progress then to the single leg stuff the lunges and the Bulgarian squats. I want to look at maybe anywhere between six to ten each will introduce the nice and slow like I mentioned no no speed or anything and then once your strength your strength for that move on then to lunges and bulgarians.