Creating a world class training facility
The England Rugby National Fitness Centre, Twickenham, is where the England team prepare to win for their country, and they are pushing the boundaries of fitness even further. Preparing for battle on the world rugby stage requires nothing short of a world-class training facility with elite strength equipment, and working tirelessly with the RFU coaching team, we’re proud to have delivered exactly that.
A gym design which allowed zoned training areas with innovative flooring solutions
The England Rugby players need to achieve the highest levels of muscular strength, power and speed, whilst increasing their resistance to injury. We created a gym design which included a clever way to zone the space, with dedicated areas for the team’s specific training exercises, as well as intelligent strength equipment to capitalise on the space.
We also came up with some innovative gym flooring solutions that would hold up against the variety of movements that players would be carrying out in training and during warm-up sessions.
The strength equipment we provided consisted of a full gym installation of squat racks, pin select machines, Werksan plates, bars, and training accessories such as DC Blocks®.
Scrummage and ruck zone
A self-contained area with a rubber and silica crumb.
For strength training using the double conditioning sled.
A multi-layered gym flooring that enables the use of a running spike and allows for bounding and speed work of heavier athletes.
A fully functioning gym design which will allow full squads to train seemlessly within the training space.
Bespoke gym equipment
A 4-metre, wall mounted rig provides a dedicated space for countless functional training exercises, enabling athletes to develop total body strength through traditional bodyweight exercises.
That will stand the test of time, and heavy use from rugby squads.
Capturing the team’s spirit
The new gym embodies the team’s spirit and their commitment to performing to win for their country. From the motivational wall art to the branding of the famous red rose of England on the dumbbells and the words England Rugby proudly branded on the Werksan plates, there is a constant reminder for what all the sweat and tears are for.
Absolute Performance listened carefully to what we were saying and with their extensive experience and knowledge of installing rugby facilities, were prepared to challenge us to aim even higher.
– Simon Worsnop, Rfu National Fitness Advisor