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    KeithD is offline Senior Member
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    Default Getting Ready for Rugby Alumni Game?

    I've got an alumni rugby game coming up this spring and I really want to play. I've had two knee surgeries since 2005, both ACL repairs. Most recent one was 2010 but my legs feel solidly healed but not nearly as strong or have as much stamina as I used to. I played in a Thanksgiving Day football game without much trouble except severely sucking wind most of the time. I can pull off a strict pistol on both legs. I'm not entirely new to training with kettlebells. I'm very happy with my form on swings, TGU, MP.

    My question for the forum... what will give me the most bang for my buck given that I'm back at square one? I've always been athletic and haven't had to work incredibly hard to stay competitive, but now find myself having to start from almost scratch.

    I have ETK, Convict Conditioning, and VWC, Russian Kettlebell Challenge, KB Goddess DVD (yes it's my wife's), a 16kb DD bell, rings, lots of floor.

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    Moses Correa is offline Senior Member
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    What are you looking to achieve in your training? It sounds to me that you want to be more conditioned. But I probably would start with convict conditioning or ETK to build a good foundation of strength!

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    KeithD is offline Senior Member
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    Want to be more conditioned as well as more strong enough to not get my ass handed to me on the pitch. I had a feeling the answer was ETK but I haven't been keeping up with what's new lately and wasn't sure if there was something else that I was missing.

    I like the idea of adding in CC as well. I know there are lots of resources out there on combining the two so I'll look into that.

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    AndrewR is offline Senior Member
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    I train a guy who still plays high level rugby in Australia at 42, and has had a knee reco just like you. What we do -

    Focus on basic lifts like squat, double press. Add in barbell front squats and DLs. Do heavy swings. Some crawling (particularly if a forward). You'll also need some interval work. Running may be a problem but you'll still need it for games, but you can replace some of it with airdyne and rowing.

    Basically, just get strong, add in a lot of movement like crawling, get ups, and sled work, then sprinkle game specific fitness on top. Not sure you have enough time to get in really good shape if you're truly at square one. (Although, with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek I say that it's only US rugby, so how hard could it be? Not like you're playing in NZ, Australia, or Sth Africa...)

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