Boston College Rugby
This sport requires both strength and endurance. Games consist of two 40-minute halves with no time-outsâ€”players run as many as seven miles per match at high intensityâ€”so itâ€™s critical that the team is in peak physical shape. â€śYou donâ€™t have to be big and muscly to play,â€ť says assistant coach Tony Dow, who oversees the strength and conditioning regimen for BCâ€™s team, which is ranked 13th in the nation. â€śThere are different positions for different types of people.â€ť
â€śRugby is more about reading the game than it is about being the biggest guy.â€ť
All you need is a mouth guard, a pair of stubbies, and some long socks (and bring your own gallon of water).
Doing high reps with medium-weight dumbbells maximizes thrust.
Charles River Rugby Football Club
$260 for an annual membership ($155 per season), charlesriverrugby.com.
Players donâ€™t wear helmets or padding; according to their website, they just â€śbeat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer.â€ť
Mystic River Rugby Club
$25â€“$75 per season, mysticrugby.com.
Practice is held in Malden on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Competitions are in Greater New England.
Check out “Home Team Workouts” to find out how other college teams in Boston get fit.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/article/2013/05/22/team-workout-boston-college-rugby/