Fitness hacks
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I started training pretty obsessively in my late teens, and have been doing so for about 15 years now. 4 days a week of weights generally, then 1 day of rugby training and 1 day of a rugby match when I was younger. Now just 4 days a week of weights and either one day of running or one day of playing rugby 7s, depending on the time of year.

The biggest fitness hacks I've learnt along the way have, sadly, involved coping with the effects of aging. Before 27 or so I never once injured myself working out (injuries picked up in rugby not withstanding). After that little niggles started appearing here and there, with the odd more major injury. I've had to gradually make changes to help minimize those since:

- 10 minutes of stretching/yoga before and after every workout. I always "stretched" when younger, but never properly. Doing a proper, full, in-depth stretching routine is really key as an older guy
- I take 5g of collagen every day and it's made a big difference. Its also got great skin benefits, I'd heavily recommend it for anyone over 30
- I've shifted my weight training to lighter weight, higher rep work across the board. I've seen no decrease in size since doing so, but feel far less exhausted after my workouts now - it puts a lot less stress on the Central Nervous System. Its also dramatically reduced my injury rates, because its putting less weight on the tendons and joints.
- I've given up full 15s rugby and started playing 7s instead. This is very specific advice that probably won't help most people here, but its made a huge difference to me. The players are generally smaller in 7s, its far more about running speed and far less about heavy contact tackles. If there are any other current rugby players who're hanging on in 15s, not wanting to give up playing for ever, I'd really recommend the switch over. You still get the pleasure of playing, but in a way less injury-prone way.
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Fitness hacks - by shemp - 05-29-2019, 03:49 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by zatara - 05-30-2019, 03:37 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Jetset - 05-30-2019, 03:44 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Ouroboros - 05-30-2019, 03:50 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by shemp - 05-30-2019, 04:27 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by raetj - 06-07-2019, 02:02 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Tribunus - 06-08-2019, 05:25 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Dash - 06-07-2019, 06:46 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by SC87 - 06-08-2019, 05:05 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by mike - 06-08-2019, 03:51 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by repodude - 06-08-2019, 06:52 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Beest - 06-09-2019, 12:51 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by ex-malemodel - 06-10-2019, 01:36 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Suits - 06-10-2019, 01:41 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Greenman - 06-11-2019, 09:48 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Tribunus - 06-11-2019, 08:07 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Beest - 06-13-2019, 08:16 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by roberto - 06-14-2019, 08:49 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by shemp - 06-14-2019, 01:37 PM
RE: Fitness hacks - by Beest - 06-15-2019, 06:42 AM
RE: Fitness hacks - by shemp - 09-26-2019, 02:33 AM

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