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We turn guinea pig for Gatorade

first_imgIn conclusion, I was told that I’d benefit from routine aerobic and resistance exercise and small alterations to my diet, and I expected nothing less. But to summarise it to this is to do the GSSI a gross injustice, for you’re given a detailed 24-page analysis of results and recommendations which, if heeded, cannot fail to improve your athletic performance. Dramatically, the facility opened in March and already the likes of Olympians Victoria Pendleton, Tim Brabants and Joanne Jackson, plus teams such as Leicester Riders (basketball) and Loughborough Students RFC, have been tested there. And Rugby World will be going back – but this time to observe.We’ve teamed up with Gatorade to offer an amateur club the benefit of professional training, coaching and nutritional support that will include subjecting some of the winning club’s players to the Standard Testing Protocol described above. Are you tough enough? If so, check out the home page on saveyourseason.co.uk to find out how to enter our competition. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Let’s get physical: Alan Pearey is put through his paces by Dr James Carter of the GSSIWANT TO turn from out-of-shape losers to super-fit conquerors? Members from our Save Your Season competition-winning team will be whisked up to Loughborough to be tested by the experts from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Here Alan Pearey, Rugby World’s deputy editor, gives you an idea of what to expect from the men in white coats…They say you should park your feelings at the door of the Munster dressing room, such is the verbal lashing a player can endure there. The doctors at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) are equally blunt, only they say it more gently and with a nice cup of tea.Dr James Carter, a former full-back at the Al Ain club in Abu Dhabi, and his colleague Dr Ian Rollo are used to welcoming elite athletes to the sparkling-new facility at Loughborough University. But they recently completed a ‘Standard Testing Protocol’ on a more modest sporting specimen – me. As an overweight 48-year-old desk-jobber, I was prepared for the worst. In fact, my score on the Dynavision D2 machine, which tests peripheral vision and reaction time, compared favourably to the range of serious recreational athletes and professional sportspeople who pass through the centre.Cycling in treacle: the Wingate Power testSo much for the good news. In most other respects I was found wanting. If the protocol can be compared to a car MOT, I had not only rust beneath the bonnet but was heading for a blown head gasket.This, of course, is the whole point of the exercise. “We’re here to identify strengths and weaknesses, to assess a person’s current physiological and nutritional make-up,” says Carter. “We provide a thorough picture of where they are and how they compare to others, and advise them on their needs.”The equipment used to do this is highly sophisticated. Sure, you still need to have a needle stuck in your arm to provide a blood sample, but I bet you haven’t had your height measured via a sensor-sharp stadiometer or had an electronic pulse sent through you to establish how much fat your body contains.center_img Then there’s the air displacement chamber, which looks like something James Bond might sit in as he whizzes towards the baddies’ secret island. This determines body composition through subtle changes in pressure inside the chamber and shows just how thorough the GSSI team is – there is no arguing with accurate results obtained in two different ways.The most daunting part of the protocol is the Maximal Oxygen Uptake (VO2 max) test, carried out on a static bike or treadmill. I chose to run rather than cycle but either way you are pushed to breaking point. By breathing into a mask, the air you exhale is collected and they are able to calculate your oxidation rates of carbohydrate and fat in the body. The greater the aerobic capacity, the better your endurance. My result? Let’s just say I won’t be challenging Stephen Kiprotich for his Olympic marathon crown any time soon.Other exercises, and questionnaires, follow before the finale: the Wingate Power Test. This culminates in 30 seconds of high-resistance cycling – imagine wading through a vat of treacle and you’ll be close. It’s ridiculously difficult and may well be the longest 30 seconds of your life, but at least you have a bottle of Gatorade, or that cup of tea, waiting for you. In the first five seconds I provided enough energy to illuminate 16 60W light bulbs but by the end that had halved to eight bulbs – normal data for someone of my age and gender.last_img read more

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Who Will Be Top Point Scorer At The Rugby World Cup?

first_img Expand Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who has scored the most in the tournament? Who Has Scored The Most Tries In The Rugby World Cup? Who Will Be Top Try Scorer At The Rugby World Cup? Stay up to date with the try scorer… A South African and Kiwi share this honour,… Who Will Be Top Try Scorer At The Rugby World Cup? Previous Top Point-Scorers At The Rugby World Cup1987 – Grant Fox (New Zealand) – 126 points1991 – Ralph Keyes (Ireland) – 68 points1995 – Thierry Lacroix (France) – 112 points1999 – Gonzalo Quesada (Argentina) – 102 points2003 – Jonny Wilkinson (England) – 113 points2007 – Percy Montgomery (South Africa) – 105 points2011 – Morne Steyn (South Africa) – 62 points2015 – Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina) – 97 pointsFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.center_img Who Has Scored The Most Tries In The Rugby World Cup? Stay up to date with the point scorer standings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup here. Expand Who Will Be Top Point Scorer At The Rugby World Cup?The 2019 Rugby World Cup is in the pool stages right now, and the list of teams with a chance of winning longer than ever before. To add to that there will be several kickers who will not only look to ensure victory for their team but also may have an eye on being the top points scorer at the tournament.So bearing this in mind, this piece will provide the updated standings to make sure you know who sits atop the leaderboard.Updated Standings Here are the updated top point-scorer standings right now and we will update this page regularly. Right now Japans Yu Tamura sits atop the leaderboard thanks to his accurate kicking.51 points – Yu Tamura (Japan)47 points – Handre Pollard (South Africa)46 points – Owen Farrell (England),39 points – Dan Biggar (Wales)37 points – Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand)32 points – George Ford (England)31 points – Jordie Barrett  (New Zealand)30 points – Felipe Berchesi (Uruguay), Josh Adams (Wales)28 points – Elton Jantjies (South Africa)26 points – Adam Hastings (Scotland), Johnny Sexton (Ireland)25 points – Kotaro Matsushima (Japan), Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa) Who Has Scored The Most Points In The Rugby World Cup? 23 points – Romain Ntamack (France), Tommaso Allan (Italy),21 points – Ben Volavola (Fiji), Sonotane Takalua (Tonga)20 points – Julian Montoya, Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina), Kenki Fukuoka (Japan)Who do you think will score the most points at the tournament. Who Has Scored The Most Points In The Rugby World Cup? Also make sure you know about the Groups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Warm-ups, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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