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Saturday, December 31, 2005

ScrumTruk breaks 400kg barrier

Waratahs and Sydney University centre Tom Carter using 400kg on the ScrumTruk
New South Wales Waratahs rugby centre Tom Carter is claiming a new record for shunting the ScrumTruk. Yesterday Carter performed four reps with 400kg (880lbs) in strict form (starting with both hip and knee joints at 90 degrees to full lockout) from the No. 4 pin setting.

Tom Carter, who is recognised as one of the most dedicated trainers in Australian rugby, is chasing the poundages with heavy strength work in the lead-up to the start of the Super 14 competition in February.

It is a sign of changing times when we have backs, the show-ponies of rugby, out-grunting the forwards in the gym.


Nick said...

400kg shows great strength. I have read the articles on your MyoQuip page where you compare squatting to the use of the scrumtruck. In my opinion I think that training should not be "either or" but a "both and" situation. Call me old fashioned but I like the use of squats. I agree that squats are not the ideal quadricep development tool, on could consider front squats for this purpose or your scrumtruck machine. The specificity argument is one which we need to engage in, the difference between specificity and simulation. Specificity being training the muscles needed for the sport in the range of motion required for ALL aspects of the sport, simulation is exactly that. By way of example if a boxer were to simulate punching holding a weight in his hand this simulation would be counter productive as the weight changes the muscle involved and the punch mechanics however a dumbell press from a supine position may increase the strength of the punching muscles with out simulating the sport. I'm trying to understand if this ScrumTruck improves specificity because your athlete will certainly not be able to squat 400kg. Of course you may ask why a rugby player wold need to squat 400kg but I think you will see what I'm alluding to.

Squats in my mind are ideal for developing overall body strength and in particular are an important tool for developing hip, glutes back extensors hamstrings and quads, abdominal stabilisers, chest and upper back isometrically for support. By including squats you increase the overall bod co-ordination and general strength and mental toughness because to squat more than double your body weight requires mental toughness. Your example of a 400kg scrumtruck lift, the same athlete would not be able to squat 400kg. Largely due to the co-ordination and stabilisers involved. (But is squatting strength directly related to rugby performance). Additionally training in the bottom position (hips lower than knees as defined by power lifting conventions) under load strengthening of the tendons and ligaments in the knee area will start to happen and the body by adapting to the training position will become better and stronger from an injury prevention standpoint. Squats and squat variation including overhead squats (my personal favourite), and ballistic lifts such as cleans, snatches would remain part of the core training with scrumtruck training adding to this to increase specific scrum strength techniques, as it were to help convert other strength gains to rugby strength gains. What do you think? How are you using the machines in your training routines?

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