Rugby Sevens fever is sweeping the country and you’ll either feel tempted to start playing or cranking up the rigour in your training routine. Played over 14 minutes, the game involves 14 players who carry, pass or kick the ball to the opposing side’s line in order to score as many points as possible.
Overall, rugby is one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports out there but the good news is that many of the sport’s training routines include small tweaks to classic exercises, so they can easily be incorporated into your own training.
Sun & Sand Sports gets you ready for rugby-inspired workouts with the help of our training gear from Under Armour. The brand uses top technical fabrics in their sportswear to provide compression, flexibility and durability needed to support the knocks and scrapes of the rugby athlete.
Tackling is a key skill to learn in rugby and this particular exercise involves three attackers getting past two defenders without being touched. You will most likely be pulled to the ground or grabbed by the torso. The HeatGear® Armour Printed Compression T-Shirt from Under Armour is like a second skin and is designed with UA Compression for the flexibility to dodge or withstand tears in a scrum.
Pull ups are great for many sports but in rugby, this is about pushing beyond what you think is your limit. Adding weight to the classic pull up is a great challenge to stretch yourself further. Under Armour provides athletes with a looser fit for the gym and the Under Armour Threadborne Siro Muscle Tank Top sleeveless T-Shirt is perfect for minimal distraction, stretch and recovery.
Incorporating the leg press will work those essential quad muscles that give you power and drive as you run or take on a scrum. Your quads become tired easily and so the Under Armour HeatGear® Armour Zone Compression Shorts are ultra-tight and useful for providing muscle support, also doubling up as a base layer underneath looser shorts for training outdoors.
Sprinting before a friendly game or before any sport lets you practice speed and agility. As the temperature conditions change, your best partner for your warm up is the Under Armour Reactor Full Zip Hoodie designed with ColdGear® Reactor fleece that detects whether you need warmth or coolness, and comes with a full zipper for easy on-off.
Explosive exercises are important to be able to outsmart your opponent or react to changes during a match. You can use a soft or hard box in the gym, at various heights or with weights to make this a more dynamic workout. Get the grip to help you land with the Under Armour Commit Training Shoe, with outsole traction that adapts to multiple surfaces as well as a leather saddle for stability.
Get outdoors and start practicing your tackling and passing, or hit the gym for some hard workouts for your love of rugby and try the Under Armour range from Sun & Sand Sports today. Be in the know of more training and specialised apparel week on week in our newsletter, which you can subscribe to below.