Chris Robshaw’s Rugby Fitness

As a back-row forward there are several specialist drills that Chris Robshaw does in training to prepare himself for matches. Find out what they are in the video below.

14 thoughts on “Chris Robshaw’s Rugby Fitness

  1. What is the machine called which is used at the beginning and end? The quick pull downs? Some sort of skiing replication?

    1. I think it is a conept 2 ski erg, put into some sort of custom frame for stability. He needs some tuition on the concept 2 rower, really poor technique, too much lower back involved. I’ve been injured this way, best to learn to do it corectly!

    2. The name of the machine is Chris Robshaw ;)

      The guy is an absolute beast! What an engine.

      Also just seems to exude class and dependability. Every time I see robshaw, where it be in interviews, on the pitch or other places, I just can’t help but picture that he would be the first bloke over the top of the trench. He is such a warrior, and someone who typifies the “leading by example” mantra.

      Seems like a great guy, and he is definitely a great player.

  2. Dude admitted he can only squat 150kg.
    That’s very poor for an athlete who plays in a sport where strength is a major factor.
    The guy has got an engine though…

    Btw, I’m not saying he should drop everything and get his squat up. But it does correlate with his fairly poor carrying in the tight.
    Although, I’m sure that the phys guys at Quins know the situation better than I do.

      1. The context in which he said it implied it was his 1rm, which even if he goes super low, is pretty poor.
        That’s because of his workrate though, for someone his size he should be able to make more of an impact in one-on-ones than he seems to.
        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disregarding his obvious high quality because of poor squat numbers!

        1. talk to any professional sportsman and squat numbers are largely irrelevant, the only sports where you spend any extended time in the squat position are weightlifting and cross fit.

          all other sports you are in constant dynamic motion and your ability on the pitch in defensive and offenisve contact is really defined by ones ability to move your own weight around and that of others.

          1. Not sure Sir Chris Hoy would agree, he is a bit of a squat king. I used to powerlift, 3 lifts that hit pretty much every muscle in the body. Agree in the world of real sport numbers on these lifts aren’t the be all and end all, even if the remain good lifts to include.

        2. Also your legs aren’t much good for doing any running around after any serious squat work, so it may only be something he works on pre-season.

          1. As Matt has said, if you ask anyone involved in strength training of any kind, whether that’s for strength sports (Powerlifting, Oly lifting, strongman etc) or Field sports, the squat is actually the strength exercise that has the most crossover with athletic performance.
            It just seems weird to me that he can only squat 130% of his body weight.

            As I’ve already said though, I’m sure (I’d hope anyway) that the phys guys at Quins know what they are doing, and if it was possible then it would be higher.

          2. I am sure for a back-row forward, being able to squat 150kg should be enough power to lift almost any player in international rugby (not sure anyone weighs more than 150kg). This lift would be what you would refer to as his poor carrying in the tight? If you watch his body at the breakdown, he rarely tries to break the tackle, and providing he isn’t tackled high, he goes down early, and presents the ball very quickly, hence giving his team a good platform to work from. This is clearly a Harlequins method, as you will regularly see Mike Brown do it as well if he doesn’t think he will get through the tackle. I don’t think you need to have super-squat ability unless you are a front row forward, where obviously it will improve you scrummaging.

            Also, if you want to get into the science of it all…. weight training alters the composition of muscles in terms of red and white fibres. Red being for fast twitch (weights) and white being for slow twitch (white). Therefore, predominantly weight training will increase the amount of red fibres and reduce the white fibres, something that will reduce the stamina of the muscle. So for a back row forward who needs to be the first at every breakdown, it is useful for him to get there, not be squatting other players in the tight.

  3. You shouldn’t look at squat numbers as an independent weight, rather as a number relative to the persons own weight.
    And 1.3 times your own bw (as Robshaw states his is) is very poor, especially for an international athlete.
    It’s not quite as simple as “fast and slow twitch fibres”.
    The squat is massively important for all players. That’s why you’ll see most other players in the squad and throughout the premiership with much better squat numbers (relative).

    I’m perfectly aware that once a player is consistently playing games for their club, there is not a huge amount of time in the off-season to work on their athletic weak points. So the reason it is so low is that he probably hasn’t had time to work on it since getting a place in the quins squad.
    Or there are physiological reasons for it, or that they simply don’t think he can keep up his workrate if he improves it.
    All I am doing is pointing out that it is bizarre for an athlete involved in a sport with a large strength/power component who weighs 112kgs to only be able to squat 150kg.

    It’s not “ohh Robshaw has a shit squat and is incapable of carrying the ball” rather “Robshaw has a shit squat, how much better of a ball carrier would he be if he could squat better?”.

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