What Keeps Me Motivated
MONDAY MOTIVATION FROM JAMES HASKELL
If you're still reeling from the big hits and impressive scoreboard of this weekend's Six Nations debut, then chances are you're ready to pack on some match-ready muscle.
However, it's Monday - so the last thing you want to do is hit the gym and bench yourself into oblivion.
Handily, our hard-hitting cover star (and England Rugby 70-capper) James Haskell is on-hand to help tackle your waning motivation head-on.
Unsurprisingly, to build man-mountain muscle like Hask, you need to eat similarly-sized mountains of food. Think chicken and rice, chicken and more chicken - and learn to love overnight oats. However, having a culinary vice is essential if you're to maintain a sound mind. For Haskell, that could be a ham sandwich or a packet of crisps, all dilligently tapped-in to MyFitnessPal.
(Related: James Haskell's heavyweight workout)
"The amount of training I do each day, on top of all this running around," he says, "I need to be taking in about four-and-a-half thousand calories a day, just to maintain my weight." We're getting full just thinking about it..
The benefits of taking elements of different routines are myriad and are crucial to any personal development, regardless of your end goal. Whether that's working more on your mobility to improve your lifts, spending more time in the squat rack to hit a 10K PB or incorporating sprints into your HIIT routine.
(Related: How to run faster races in the squat rack)
Again, you don't have to be an IronMan hopeful to recognise the benefits of incorporating different sports into your routine. For example, Sir Chris Hoy regularly slides around on a rower and Anthony Joshua swears by the lengthy benefits of a 5K.
(Related: Training (and leg day) advice from Sir Chris Hoy)
Even Bruce Lee used fencing to master his footwork in Kung-Fu. So if your routine needs a shake-up (or if you're just getting bored of it), then look to alternative remedies for a boost in functional muscle.
When the battlelines of international rugby are drawn, the wars are fought inch-by-inch and foot-by-foot. You won't find any curling end-to-end passes here. So, to match the often-gruelling pace at which Haskell's mainstay is played, he needs to be at his physical best, even if that's a gradual single-digit improvement.
Video: James Haskell: Why I Play
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