The Bench Press Numbers For Some Of The England Backs Are Ridiculous
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Safe to say the English national team are in pretty decent shape.
Eddie Jones men are currently undefeated under his guidance since he took over following a disastrous Rugby World Cup which saw them dumped out at the group stage as hosts following devastating losses to close rivals Wales and finalists Australia.
Jones has turned the side into a well-oiled machine that came away with a Grand Slam at this year’s RBS Six Nations and destroyed the Wallabies 3-0 in their backyard over the summer in devastating fashion.
Saracens and England fullback Alex Goode recently spoke to SportsJoe and described the kind of shape Eddie Jones has gotten his team into thanks to a huge pre-season.
Most of the hefty gym work is carried out during pre-season according to the Champions Cup winning fullback, with the next nine or 10 months all about maintenance and sustainability.
“At present, most of the backs will be looking to bench press around 120 kilos. You would do around four or five reps of that.
“You are not shooting the lights out in the gym, numbers-wise. Those weights are higher in pre-season but [during the season] it is still competitive in the gym. Phil Morrow has seen to that since he has come in to Saracens.
“He makes strength and conditioning very simple in terms of goals but he also adds that competitive spirit. So it may not be about how much you are bench-pressing or squatting but how quickly you are moving the bar; how smooth your action is.”
To make matters worse, the forwards of course blow these records away. Not bad eh?