Athlete of the month: November

Winter training can be tough for our athletes as they face the harsh northern weather. Although, those students who put in the extra effort and maintain a comprehensive training programme get the luxury of heading indoors and using our wonderful Gryphon strength and conditioning suite in those cold winter months. 

Rosie Blount from our women’s rugby union team definitely puts the effort into all her sessions, whether she’s out on the pitch or in the gym. 

What’s your sport?

I play Rugby Union for the University of Leeds women’s 1st team. I also play with the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.

What is your training schedule?

I have rugby training on the pitch three times a week with the university team and Darlington Sharks. I then have S&C three times a week, a sprints session once a week and then a recovery run or conditioning depending on whether I’ve played once or twice and how dead my legs feel.

What S&C do you do?

I have a programme of three different sessions for S&C, two of which are full body sessions and one being a primer to do pre-game. The sessions are a mix of key exercises such as squats, pull ups and deadlifts with some accessory exercises in there too. I’m currently working through a power phase at the moment, so I do less reps and not at maximum weight but instead focusing on lifting the weights fast.

What is your favourite exercise?

My favourite exercise is squats, as it’s a whole body exercise and there are so many variations e.g pause squats, 1 1/2 squats e.t.c, so you can keep trying to improve. You also only need a bar and a few weights which most gyms have so you can rely on being able to do them wherever you are.

What is your least favourite exercise?

Trap bar bench pull because it’s a pain to set up.

How do you feel S&C has helped you develop as an athlete?

I’ve been doing S&C for 10 years or so and it has aided me massively in both sprint cycling (which I used to compete in) and rugby. It’s helped me become a stronger and more powerful athlete, and I believe also helped massively with injury prevention.

Max has been working with Rosie over the start of the new season and told us about how she works as an athlete:

“Rosie is easy and enjoyable to work with. She is a self-driven and self-sufficient athlete, after many years training at a high level. Easily the strongest and most powerful female athlete that trains with us, the programme that Rosie is now on is aiming to ensure that as much of this strength and power as possible transfers onto the pitch – where it counts.”

Check out part of Rosie’s primer session, before a game, of a prowler push into a sprint.