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A High Protein Diet for Rugby Players

a high protein diet Rugby players are no strangers to the gym or eating high protein meals and taking supplements. The issue is the data out there on how much protein to take, what supplements to take and how to train for rugby. The data is clouded.

The industry is filled with conflicting information which we will address in this post today. You’ll learn the optimal amount of protein to eat per day, the health benefits you can expect and where to learn how to train optimally for rugby performance.

Firstly, a diet high in protein has many more benefits than just muscle growth. You should try and consume between 1-1.5g of protein per pound of body weight. Adjust accordingly to what is suitable for you. Consuming whey protein powder is perfectly fine to help you reach your protein goals and will help with recovery and muscle growth.

Additional benefits include an improved sleep, enhanced fat loss and more energy. All of these would be welcomed as a rugby player. Check out the infographic below for the full benefits.

As a rugby player training in the gym is essential. Players have become much bigger and stronger over the years. The issue is, many players from amateur to pro are training like bodybuilders and expecting on-field performance benefits. Unfortunately this could be your downfall.

Over at RugbyWarfare they have produced a free e-Book on rugby specific training. It covers all the conventional training systems telling you the pros and cons. This is followed by the RugbyWarfare rugby training plan template which is optimised for rugby performance.

You can download the free rugby training guide here.

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About Ellaine

Ellaine is the founder of FRN and author of "Mini and Youth Rugby: Complete Guide for Coaches and Parents" (published October 2015). She has been playing rugby union for over 10 years in the UK and the US for teams including Oxford University Blues, London Wasps, Henley, NOVA, and GWU. She has recently developed a love for rugby 7s and has played on several international rugby 7s teams. She also enjoys playing touch rugby and regularly plays for the FRN Mixed Touch Rugby team. She is passionate about helping others develop a love for rugby. View all posts by Ellaine

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