A bit more about training for a sport that’s near and dear to my heart (or anyone that is going to be taking impact to their shoulders). No need to reinvent the wheel for these athletes, it’s just a matter of taking the stuff you already know and applying it appropriately.
Ruggers need two things when it comes to shoulder training;
1) They need to build up it's armor to take the impacts they'll be dolling out and absoring with it.
2) They need to provide it some care to be sure any nagging little injuries don't have an impact on their play (especially tackling).
These are all pressing variations I use with ruggers in mind.
Football Bar Bench
Bottoms Up Press
It's all about building up the armor, but doing it in a way that puts the least amount of unnecessary strain on the shoulders. They take enough abuse during a season filled with big clashes, prepare for the big clashes without putting them at risk.
Thanks for reading everyone, go out and get after it!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS