Author(s): James Haskell
As a professional rugby player and renowned athlete, James is widely known for his elite athleticism and commanding physique. As such, it would be fair to say James Haskell knows a thing or two about getting and keeping fit, as well as preparing to play rugby. -------- Since the beginning and the publication of his very first blog, James's mission has been to provide clear, concise information to help both aspiring male and female rugby players, as well as general fitness enthusiasts, to achieve their health and fitness goals. There is an awful lot of information in this book, which equally applies to a number of other sports, aside from rugby, as well as general training advice. -------- At the very heart of James Haskell Health & Fitness exists a burning passion for rugby. Like no other sport, rugby tests all elements of true fitness: speed, strength, power, agility, balance, endurance and co-ordination. These sit alongside all of rugby's other core ethics and values; such as teamwork, unity, working for each other, respecting the referee, the opposition and leaving everything on the field of play. -------- James has been inundated with requests from people all over the rugby world to provide specific rugby focused training, fitness and nutritional advice - well, now he has answered the clarion call.
James Haskell has drawn from his own experiences to write an in-depth guide on how to get fit for rugby, while also shredding the myth that gym bunnies automatically make good players. He stresses that the priority for players at all levels is to focus on improving their core skills - but that work needs to be under-pinned by the right preparation, which is where this detailed manual comes. Haskell has produced a comprehensive package of fitness and nutrition advice specifically designed for rugby players, with clear explanations of how each section can be applied to the game. All you need to bring is the motivation. Alex Lowe - Rugby Writer The Times; -------- James Haskell's Rugby Book is a Classic Stephen Jones - The Sunday Times; -------- "A meticulous and detailed approach to training like a pro, from conditioning to nutrition this book is a must-read for aspiring rugby players" Stuart MacLennan - Editor Scrum Magazine; -------- "A brilliant addition to any young aspiring rugby player's arsenal" Max Skofic - Talking Rugby Union; -------- "A unique and modern insight from a player who has adapted his trade in all corners of the world. With warnings to youngsters about the dangers of weight-driven training - including James' personal regrets as a teenager - this is not a 'get ripped quick' guide. It shares intelligence from a playing career that has overlapped with the likes of Ma'a Nonu, Sergio Parisse and Jonny Wilkinson, offering useful advice on aspects such as breakdown techniques, trial preparation and passing drills." Nik Simon, Rugby Correspondent Daily Mail; -------- "This book provides invaluable and rare expert insight from a current international player. The well structured workouts featured should go a long way to demonstrating that training for rugby is more about speed and agility rather than just bulking up." Chris Laker - Independent Rugby Blogger; -------- "The James Haskell RugbyFit Training book is brilliant for all rugby players who want to take their game to the next level - It covers all training elements as well the valuable information about recovery and nutrition which is often missed- and its all related to the game we love rugby. If you're looking to develop your training gains both on and off the pitch then RugbyFit will allow you to achieve new and bigger goals than before." Rachael Burford - Independent Rugby Blogger; -------- "In his RugbyFit ebook James Haskell gives us in-depth insight into what it takes to make it to the very top of your game. The actionable exercise drills, the nutritional secrets, the tactical tips - these could only come from someone who lives and breathes the pursuit of athletic perfection and has achieved success at the highest level. Haskell takes us back to the beginning, introducing the reader to the key building block for fitness. From devising your own training plan to the optimum make-up of a rugby player's meals- and with plenty more in between - this book is an essential reference guide for anyone looking to achieve the strength, condition and skill levels shown by today's professional players." Rob Kemp - Freelance Journalist
James Haskell, 30, is one of the UK's more well known rugby's players. Having progressed through all levels of rugby, Haskell is now one of The Premiership's top flankers, with the ability to play in all three positions across the back-row, which he has done regularly for both Club and Country. -------- Born James Andrew Welbon Haskell in Windsor, Berkshire, Haskell has represented England at every level from U18s to seniors, currently holding the record as the only player to appear in every match for the U21 age group team in two successive seasons. James has also played for the England rugby sevens team. -------- Having started playing rugby aged just 5 at Maidenhead Rugby Club, Haskell joined London Wasps in 2002, becoming the youngest Wasp to make his debut in the Premiership, beating Joe Worlsey's long standing record by 196 days. Aged just 18, he played his first professional season as the youngest member of the Wasps senior squad helping them to win the Zurich Premiership. -------- His swift development in a Wasps squad, which went onto win the Zurich Championship and Heineken Cup in the 2003/4 season and the Zurich Championship the following season, lead to him being named runner-up to fellow London Wasps back row Tom Rees for both the 2006- 07 Land Rover "Discovery of the Season" and 2007/8 Guinness Premiership 'Young Player of the Year' awards. -------- The first accolade came at the close of a campaign during which James gained a Heineken Cup winners' medal in only his fifth professional season. He had appeared as a 50th minute replacement for Dallaglio in the 25-9 Twickenham triumph over Leicester Tigers. Haskell won 74 caps for Wasps before joining top French club Stade Francais in 2009. -------- After a successful two year stint in the French capital. Prior to resigning for London Wasps, Haskell took a sabbatical year in which following the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, he played a season for the Ricoh Black Rams in Tokyo and in Super 15 for the Otago Highlanders. James made his international debut aged just 21 in the 2007 Six Nations championships against Wales. Having been in the inaugural National Junior Academy under Brian Ashton, he progressed into the Intermediate National Academy before being selected by Martin Johnson for his 2008/09 Elite Player Squad. James now has over 61 senior international caps. A muscular ball carrier, Haskell possesses a combination of pace, power and determination which has made him a formidable asset to the England back row.