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Thursday Oct 13, 2011

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2

Brad Thorn - Building Blocks - Parts 1 & 2
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This weekend Brad Thorn lines up for New Zealand against a country he used to call home, Australia. The 36 year old will retire from the All Blacks after the World Cup, heading straight to Japan. Today we’ve got a fantastic personal insight into the training regime of a guy who has had to work harder than most to get to where he is today. 

Not everyone is blessed with bundles of energy and extreme work ethic. Thorn, who has achieved in both codes, is now a veteran of 57 tests for New Zealand and admits that life wasn’t all plain sailing in his early days. He was, as he describes it, a lazy kid.

In this two part feature filmed in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup, Thorn discusses the personal and physical battles he had to face as a teenager, and the moments that led to him applying himself.

“I wouldn’t he here today if my dad hadn’t cared about me enough to give me a kick up the backside,” Brad says of his father’s timely intervention, which led to success on the playing field.

He is now verging on the pinnacle of a great career, and was happy to document his work ethic in the gym, as well as the forest he used to run through as a kid in Brisbane. He has apparently never discussed or shown that forest to anyone, let alone had it documented on camera. A staunch family man, Brad says he’s touched that his kids will have a record of the hard work he’s put in, something for them to watch when they grow up.

The resounding message from Thorn is that the work ethic he has now didn’t come by luck or chance, but simply by making the decision to apply oneself. He hopes that the videos will help inspire youngsters to push through, despite possibly having a natural inclination to be lazy.

There are two parts below, the second of which can be viewed seperately, or not at all. It’s more targeted towards the gym work, as we get to witness his intense routine first hand, something that he’s mastered over the years. Robbie Fruean and Kieran Read watch on. Enjoy.


12 Comments

  •  jdizzle
    jdizzle
    6:26 PM 08/12/2011

    Yea, but he is dense, built like a rock... I wouldn go so far as to say he is lifting light weights either!!

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  •  jdizzle
    jdizzle
    5:53 PM 06/12/2011

    What an absolute beast of a man!! Does anyone know the music in Part 1 actually?...

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  •  plarah
    plarah
    6:52 PM 15/10/2011

    Search for videos of the Frank brothers in the gym, I think they practice Cross Fit... so they're really not bad at olympic lifts. That includes olympic squatting.

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  •  plarah
    plarah
    6:49 PM 15/10/2011

    Awesome player, I'd really love to see him lift the Webb-Ellis cup.

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  •  redyeti
    redyeti
    5:09 PM 15/10/2011

    The terrible form comment was aimed at the England training, not Thorn's; his form was excellent. I especially enjoyed seeing a proper parallel squat for the first time from a rugby player

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  •  redyeti
    redyeti
    5:03 PM 15/10/2011

    One rep maxes, or heavy doubles and triples are very good for building maximal power output. It's how powerlifters and Olympic lifters train their core lifts (they also do lots of higher volume assistance work, usually). Not sure how appropriate that is for a rugby player; and when it's done with such terrible form and range-of-motion there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of point...

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  •  flyingpepper
    flyingpepper
    2:54 AM 15/10/2011

    guessing the max one rep is just another approach to training, like training to failure instead of punch out the same number of rep and sets each time. It is easy to get stuck on the same weight etc. and see little improvement if you always do that.

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump
    12:00 PM 14/10/2011

    Loving the feedback. Had some great messages on twitter from those who enjoyed the videos. Both the guy who created it, and Brad himself will be very pleased. Cheers all, keep it positive.

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  •  redyeti
    redyeti
    11:27 AM 14/10/2011

    I love how his 'deep' squat (apparently deeper than the other guys) was just about parallel...

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  •  flyingpepper
    flyingpepper
    7:58 AM 14/10/2011

    Think it is safe to say having seen some stats on players in this world cup the gap between size, thus strength of forwards and backs is the smallest its been. Agree with Curious the weights did seem low but it was perfect form.

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  •  rich_w
    rich_w
    9:50 PM 13/10/2011

    All about the core. I guess I probably would have expected him to lift more, especially in the squat (although they were fucking deep). But in a game environment, when you in the rough stuff in a ruck or maul, core strength is key. Re: Michael, Haskell is just a monster. Don't think that was to outdo anyone, he has a load of workout vids on youtube and an iphone app with workouts and they are savage. Worth checking out for some inspiration come gym time.

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  •  mackurdi
    mackurdi
    7:10 PM 13/10/2011

    Interesting

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