I’m currently suffering from Achilles tendonitis.

This has been caused by playing rugby on incredibly hard ground — my studs won’t sink into the ground so effectively I’m playing on ice skates. Unfortunately, this means my Achilles tenon is overworking.

I tried to play through it. I ignored it for 2–3 weeks. But now it has become too painful, and i can no longer play through the pain.

Then a story/ life lesson one of my old rugby coaches told me when I was 17/18 popped into my head.

This is a lesson that has stayed with me throughout my…

In the last few months, I have focused on getting strong and more powerful.

All for rugby. As I’m moving from Fly-Half (10) to Inside Centre (12). It's purely because my team doesn’t have a 12, so I thought I’d give it a bash.

Within my training plan, I’m lifting very heavy 3 times per week.

My plan involves a lot of volumes. A lot!

This is the most amount of weight I have lifted in any of my training programs.

After 18 or so weeks of this training program and being back at rugby training.

I’m starting to feel…

The popularity of isometric swings back and forth. This is mainly because it’s not an exciting type of training — it doesn’t compare to Olympic lifting, plyometrics. Trainees tend to gravitate to dynamic training such as conventional weight lifting or ballistic type lifts.

However, isometric training can offer an excellent training stimulus and provide an even better training/coaching aid. The benefits of isometric contractions go far beyond rehabilitation or prehab type exercises. It has been well established that progressive isometric resistance training can lead to increases in maximal contractile torque.

An isometric contraction is a neuromuscular contraction without movement. A…

Over the past few months, I have been learning to play the guitar, going reasonably well — some days are far better than others. But on the whole, I’m getting better each week.

During this learning process to play the guitar, I have learnt a few things — other than just learning to play chords, fretting and picking notes.

What I have learnt is;

  1. Consistency is king

It is something that I have always believed and preached about. By being consistent each day, you are making your life 100% easier.

I aim to play the guitar for at least 40…

Ed Benskin

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