Thinking of joining a rugby club

  • GettingFitter

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    Dec 26, 2008 1:35 PM GMT
    I am seriously considering joining a gay and bisexual rugby club in order to help break out of this slump I am having for the last couple of months in my fitness routine, and was wondering if any men here play the game and if they find it a good body fat burner and muscle builder ? Is it a hard game to pick up and know the rules ?
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    Dec 26, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    If your goal is to get into shape there are lots more focused ways to do that. Take a look at your typical pick up game. How many overweight guys compared to ripped dudes?
  • DCEric

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    Dec 26, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    I was going to mention that it is a brutal sport, and that football (both American and soccer), might be a better place to start. Then I saw you were from Oz, and decided that my earlier reasoning was no longer relevant.

    Seriously though. It is a rough sport, and like any game that you don't know the rules to, you should definitely consider joining a beginners league.

    (I'd also like to second the above comment).
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    Dec 26, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    I think its a good fat burner, but it all depends what position you play. You dont have a photo, so i couldnt say if you would be a forward or a back, but from playing in the backs all my life, I can say it works your cardio well in the backs, the forwards not so much. Like anything though, it just depends how much effort you put into it when your doing the sport.
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    Dec 26, 2008 8:39 PM GMT
    I was going to point out that Rugby + Rules = Football, but never mind.

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  • LawJock

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    Dec 27, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    I have been playing rugby for a few years now. Rugby is a great sport and a great way to get in shape and buring some unwanted fat. However, if your goal is to gain lean muscle or get bigger this may not be the best route in and of itself.

    I have found that during rugby season my weight training worrkouts have suffered mainly because of the ruough nature of the sport. As a season progresses I have to slack ff on lifting because my body needs to heal from practice and/or games. Thus personally I tend to focus on building and putting on muscle in the off season and leading up to the start of the season,

    In any case I would suggest you go catch a live Rugby match/practice and go give it a try. That's what I did and never looked back.
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    Dec 27, 2008 10:17 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidIf your goal is to get into shape there are lots more focused ways to do that. Take a look at your typical pick up game. How many overweight guys compared to ripped dudes?


    Faulty reasoning. Guys have different reasons for starting up with rugby. The ones who really push it into a fitness workout, and combine it with serious gym tie to make them more effective on the pitch will show a hell of a difference. Then, of course, there are the ones who join just to hang out with the lads, or keep a minimum of physical activity in their otherwise sedentary lives.

    The one thing that has caught me off guard - I recently joined up with a rugby club here in the Middle East. There are Aussie, Brit, Kiwi, Samoan expats playing. It's an adult team, and most of the players have been playing for well over half their lives, simply because it's what they do "back home". Coming from a part of the States where rugby isn't well-known, I feel completely out of my league. My only solution has been to scale back rugby training and bump up gym time (one training per week, and more weights in the gym) until I feel comfortable being more physical with the guys on the field, Of course, then you still need to get used to the dynamics of play - hitting, etc.

    Learning the rules is easy enough-- at least in Rugby Union and Sevens. (I don't know about League.) You screw up once in a while until you get it. No problem. Your teammates will help you out with the rules. Check out Wikipedia for more:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_rugby_union
  • stevarino7

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    Dec 27, 2008 11:47 AM GMT
    Like any sport, if you are serious enough, it can be a good fat burner and muscle builder (which includes proper training).

    If you look at professional rugby players, they are all extremely well built. So people who play pick up rugby can also find them selves to be in great shape from the sport as well, as long as you have the time to dedicate in the gym as well as on the field. I think it tends to be like that in a lot of sports. Though I do suppose if you are looking to just burn fat mostly, a game like soccer would be better cuz it is a lot of cardio. However, Rugby can be a lot of cardio as well, even if you are a forward. Run to the rucks, be there to support your team mate every time and always attack on defense and you are running the entire game.

    Like others have said, it is a brutal sport. Depending on the condition of your pitch (they are awful in the states and have been a bit better in Spain for me), you leave every practice and game with at minimum cuts over the knees and arms. Which are not fun to work out with. On top of it you are really sore, which is excuse enough to get out of going to the gym.

    The best part about rugby is not the training though, it is the camaraderie you get on the team you play with.

    Good luck!

    Also...as for rules. The best youtube video I have found on rules/how the game works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEQyCcageGg
  • leatherman05

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    Dec 27, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    i have had a bit of a suspicion that rugby attracts guys who really deep down want to have a fight but know that it is socially unacceptable to display that kink, and who dont fancy the discipline that boxing requires.
    am i totally wrong? is it a way to have lots of very close physical contact with big guys that if u had in other contexts would get u arrested??
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    Dec 28, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidIf your goal is to get into shape there are lots more focused ways to do that. Take a look at your typical pick up game. How many overweight guys compared to ripped dudes?


    All I know is that when I joined my rugby team, I lost 10lbs like nothing.

    Good rugby players are not overweight. They're lean and muscular -- of all shapes and sizes. That's really the best part of rugby -- there's a position for every body type (as long as you're fit!).

    If your team has biweekly practices that focus a lot on endurance, there's no way you'll end the season anything other than fit as hell.
  • GettingFitter

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    Dec 28, 2008 4:05 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the comments and thoughts guys and they are all very much appreciated icon_biggrin.gif I am mainly wanting to join to help loose weight but also to get out of being such a recluse and try to meet new people outside of my normal interests and hopefully make new mates in the process.

    Yes, there are the other perks of meeting some seriously fit blokes and I understand that the game is seriously brutal and that broken arms and noses are the norm, but I am going to join an amateur group as suggested and take it slowly at first to see if I am cut out for the game but also if I will be able to handle the work out routines that come with it.

    On that note, is American Football you feel as brutal as the UK or Australian ones or easier because you guys have all that padding and helmet protection and so on ?