The Cardiff Blues squad recently visited the Elite Fitness training centre in Fairwater, Cardiff for a gruelling boxing session with fitness trainer Simon Harling and local boxing legend Steve Robinson, the former WBO World Featherweight Champion.
With less Magners League fixtures being played during the Six Nations tournament it was an ideal time for the players to work on their fitness ahead of their game against Glasgow at the Arms Park this Friday. The boys were put through their paces on the speedball, punch bags and sparring sessions with some players shining brighter than others.
Elite Fitness are supporting local charity the Joshua Foundation by holding a White Collar boxing evening on Friday 5 June at the Marriott Hotel in Cardiff. They are looking for fighters to take part in the event. For only £100 entrants will receive 10 weeks of boxing training with the former WBO World Featherweight Champion. The sessions include sparring with other contenders and a complete fitness programme.
Speaking at the Elite Fitness training centre, Cardiff Blues Captain Paul Tito said,
"Boxers are some of the fittest sportsmen around so it was great to get an insight into the type of training that they do and how this transfers to rugby players."
"The training sessions were hard going but it was something different and I think the boys enjoyed it."
"The White Collar Boxing Tournament sounds like it will be great event. Boxing training is definitely a good way of getting fit and it is also supporting a fantastic cause."
The White Collar Boxing Tournament will be held in the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff. Tables for 10 guests are available at the event, priced at £450 with a corporate option priced at £600.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
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