Ready to Rumble



  • Have not consumed single one unit of alcohol for the last nine weeks (since March 14). Despite the Chiefs winning S15 and COBRAS making the finals of TV club rugby I have remained stoically on the wagon of sobriety. This may change within 24 hours however because my book launch kicks off at the Palace tomorrow night at 530pm.

    Whats even more surprising is I have been doing more cardio than weights lately. WTF? I've been a barefoot treadmill runner for the last month...and will continue to do so for at another four weeks... just conditioning my creaking joints for real outdoor running in Spring.

    Have been ripping into Oats most mornings for breakfast. Energy to burn! Do need to cut back on greasies though.

    I will be 39 in January and would like to start playing rugby again next season after a 7 year hiatus. Nothing flash, Bs for the Mighty COBRAS will be my lot. 40 minute cameos off the bench every Saturday arvo will do me nicely. I dont need to get any bigger or stronger..... just fitter, quicker and way more flexible.

    Balance is the key for me. Not getting carried away and doing too much. And remembering rest days are just as important as balls to the wall training.

    Friday 3rd: Weights (PUSH) 60 minutes
    Saturday 4th: Treadmill 45 minutes
    Tuesday 7th: Treadmill 30 mins
    Thursday 9th: Treadmill 40mins



  • Oh yeah and I bought some new toys recently. I now have a TRX, Strength bands and AB wheel to go with my kegs, tyres and sledge hammer.



  • Ha ha a fine reward for not drinking and all that cardio!! well done mate. I'm a few years behind you (34) and toying with another season of rugby next year... I miss it but I don't miss the injuries! had a shitty run before I gave it away. You're a long time retired!



  • Looking forward to this Red Beard.

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  • I haven't drunk for a couple of minutes. Hats off to ya for conquering that demon RB.

    Like yourself I've been busting out heaps more bodyweight type shit. I'm 35, getting greyer but probably getting fitter and in better shape. This is a must for later years so I can kick my sons arses simultaniously.



  • After personally getting on top of the demons of the booze I personally know how tough it is to go stone cold sober. Its not until you go stone cold until you realise how hooked you are to that beautiful amber liquid. I got off of it due to my study, and then because I wanted to give rugby a decent crack a second time. It would of taken a good couple months before I stopped missing it. For that Redbeard I take my hat off for you.

    Its amazing how much more energy and time you have during your week to do stuff when you dont drink, or spend a day hung over.

    Ill be keeping an eye on this forum. Good luck to you. Im sure you'll be fine, keep the cardio up!!



  • Amazing how much better my quality of sleep is to being off the sauce. Not to mention the clarity!



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz' timestamp='1344496073' post='303210']
    Ha ha a fine reward for not drinking and all that cardio!! well done mate. I'm a few years behind you (34) and toying with another season of rugby next year... I miss it but I don't miss the injuries! had a shitty run before I gave it away. You're a long time retired!
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    The injuries were the reason I gave it away mate. But I've always been a martyr for punnishment and am nearly ready to get banged up again. My knnes have run out of cartilege anyway. And besides watching club rugby every week for the last few years has me itching to test the waters again.

    I read that Spike Millgan was still playing rugby in his 70s! Theres hope for me yet.



  • My partner and my family have been putting pressure on me to consider giving the game up, citing to many injuries. My arguement is as mentioned above that you're a long time retired. Plus while Ive just had a knee reconstruction its the first MAJOR injury that Ive had. Niggles are all good. I find the tackling or break downs to bad, Its normally the scrumaging which hurts the body and stiffens you up the most



  • [quote name='Chubby13' timestamp='1344554100' post='303338']
    My partner and my family have been putting pressure on me to consider giving the game up, citing to many injuries. My arguement is as mentioned above that you're a long time retired. Plus while Ive just had a knee reconstruction its the first MAJOR injury that Ive had. Niggles are all good. I find the tackling or break downs to bad, Its normally the scrumaging which hurts the body and stiffens you up the most
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    Yep my neck, knees and hips are living proof of that. The neck still gioves me the most gip. Although at Bs club level in the Valley it wont be placed under much pressure.



  • [quote name='Red Beard' timestamp='1344501967' post='303235']
    Amazing how much better my quality of sleep is to being off the sauce. Not to mention the clarity!
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    Really ? after a few bottles of wine I'm out for the count and snoring away.



  • [quote name='MN5' timestamp='1344562176' post='303369']

    Really ? after a few bottles of wine I'm out for the count and snoring away.
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    Ah but I dont wake up with the hangover either!!!. In fact I'm waking up full of beans ready to rip into a new day it at the moment whereas in the past I felt zonked and my body felt so sore I had to do the ten point roll. Chubby and the other front rowers online will know exactly what I mean!



  • Friday: [b]Weights:[/b] 60 mins
    Cleans 4x3 2x1
    Box Squat 5/4/3/2/1
    Bench 6/4/3/2/1
    Chins 3/8
    DB Curls 2/5
    Planks 2x 1 min



  • What's the weight pattern for those sets RB? Is it a lighter start or are you going for a challenging set immediately and then lowering reps? I'm kind of settled on 3 sets of 6 for bench, squat, cleans with an extra set or two of light weight/high volume to finish.

    Solid workout to kick off your weekend bro! good stuff



  • [quote name='Red Beard' timestamp='1344502063' post='303236']
    The injuries were the reason I gave it away mate. But I've always been a martyr for punnishment and am nearly ready to get banged up again. My knnes have run out of cartilege anyway. And besides watching club rugby every week for the last few years has me itching to test the waters again.

    I read that Spike Millgan was still playing rugby in his 70s! Theres hope for me yet.
    [/quote]

    When I was playing in the UK there was a fella in one of the teams we played against that was easily 60+, he didnt do a great deal and you kinda didnt want to hit him too hard, but he was out there...

    I contemplated playing again this year for all of 5 mins and then decided to get fit instead. I go and watch club footy and think I'd love to give it another season, but with the kids at that age with their own sports, I just wouldnt have time for anything!

    Think you fellas must all drink a bit more than I do...I have 2 bottles sitting in my fridge still from before I went to the UK almost 2 months ago, in fact I think I have only had 2 stubbies of beer in the past month, and a few shots of the hard stuff.



  • [quote name='taniwharugby' timestamp='1344587820' post='303478']
    When I was playing in the UK there was a fella in one of the teams we played against that was easily 60+, he didnt do a great deal and you kinda didnt want to hit him too hard, but he was out there...

    I contemplated playing again this year for all of 5 mins and then decided to get fit instead. I go and watch club footy and think I'd love to give it another season, but with the kids at that age with their own sports, I just wouldnt have time for anything!

    Think you fellas must all drink a bit more than I do...I have 2 bottles sitting in my fridge still from before I went to the UK almost 2 months ago, in fact I think I have only had 2 stubbies of beer in the past month, and a few shots of the hard stuff.
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    Had my book launch tonight at the Palace Hotel Te Aroha and despite being given a free bar tab only downed three pints of Guinness in 3 hours. Which also means I have only had three beers in 10 weeks!.



  • [quote name='Red Beard' timestamp='1344565329' post='303388']

    Ah but I dont wake up with the hangover either!!!. In fact I'm waking up full of beans ready to rip into a new day it at the moment whereas in the past I felt zonked and my body felt so sore I had to do the ten point roll. Chubby and the other front rowers online will know exactly what I mean!
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    I find that I my sleep more solid when I go to bed sober. Even after a quiet dozen my sleeps a lot more restless. I studied at uni for five and a half years and was written off every Sunday. Had a massive paper to finish my degree so stopped drinking and it was amazing the work I got done on the Sunday's. Still got a sleep in but got productive almost straight away. I also notice I feel the bumps from rugby way more after a night on the piss than when I stay sober.



  • [quote name='Red Beard' timestamp='1344565329' post='303388']
    Ah but I dont wake up with the hangover either!!!. In fact I'm waking up full of beans ready to rip into a new day it at the moment whereas in the past I felt zonked and my body felt so sore I had to do the ten point roll. Chubby and the other front rowers online will know exactly what I mean!
    [/quote]

    Hangovers have never been a problem for me which is both a blessing and a curse !

    Well done on the book launch pal.



  • [quote name='Paekakboyz' timestamp='1344586921' post='303474']
    What's the weight pattern for those sets RB? Is it a lighter start or are you going for a challenging set immediately and then lowering reps? I'm kind of settled on 3 sets of 6 for bench, squat, cleans with an extra set or two of light weight/high volume to finish.

    Solid workout to kick off your weekend bro! good stuff
    [/quote]
    Always do 4x3 of a power exercise as a warm up.... working up to a 3RM by set 4.

    Only do 5/4/3/2/1s once a month (if that) for squat/bench deads.. And I reckon my one rep on squat tonight was only at about 90% tonight. But it was a good sesh



  • Another idea to get you ready for rugby would be to switch your weights plan to high reps to build up muscle endurance partnered with your cardio. 4-5 sets of 12-15 reps. It will help a lot with your over all conditioning