Beauden Barrett How To Think, Train And Win Like The All Blacks

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They’re a team with an 87 per cent record and have a win against every side they’ve ever come across – the only international men’s team across all sports to have one. Sometimes you wonder if the New Zealand rugby team, better known as the All Blacks even know how to lose.

Famed for their pre-match war cry known as the haka, they romped to victory in the past two Rugby World Cups, and while they might not have gone into the 2019 Rugby World Cup ranked number one, you wouldn’t bet against them making it a third.

As part of the side’s partnership with luxury watchmaker Tudor, FashionBeans joined four of the team’s current players – second row Scott Barrett, flanker Dalton Papalii, fly-half Richie Mo’unga and two-time rugby world player of the year Beauden Barrett – for a training session to figure how to think, train and win like the legendary side.

Beauden Barrett All-Blacks Rugby Team

Beauden Barrett How To Think Like An All Black

The four players perfectly embody the much-talked-about mindset of the All Blacks, which is partly what makes them so successful. One of the number one rules within the team is ‘no dickheads allowed’, as implemented by the team’s mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka. The idea is that to make the team, the individual egos of each player needs to be removed.

“A dickhead makes everything about them,” he told Gameplan A magazine. “They are people who put themselves ahead of the team…often teams put up with it because a player has so much talent.

“We look for early warning signs and wean the big egos out pretty quickly. Our motto is, ‘if you can’t change the people, change the people’. The management might not spot these counterproductive behaviours. The players and leaders themselves should call others out for their inflated egos.”

Beauden Barrett All-Blacks Rugby Team

Another well-reported mental technique used by the side is ‘Red to Blue’. In the concept, a ‘red head’ is the feeling of being tight and anxious, whereas blue is associated with calm, clear and accurate thinking. During points in a match, a player’s attention will often get diverted and he may descend into red thinking.

The players are taught to recognise these moments before enacting a cue for concentration to move them to the blue. Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw would stamp his feet as his cue, while you can spot the current skipper, Kieran Read, looking around the stadium.

Beauden Barrett All-Blacks Rugby Team

Beauden Barrett How To Train Like An All Black

On the field, not all rugby players are created equal. The training and nutritional regimes for a fly-half will be different than a prop providing grunt in the pack.

“All Blacks range in size from 78kg to 130kg and 170cm to 205cm, so the caloric intake of each player is very different,” says Nicholas Gill, strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand rugby team. “Their roles on the field are very different with some running up to 10km in a game, and some needing to be able to squat 250kg. “Essentially, each player fuels their body for performance each day, and due to the nature of the sport and the collisions that occur, recovery nutrition is also very important.”

Beauden Barrett All-Blacks Rugby Team

Taking this into account, we asked Gill for two general workouts that he would do with the team. Just like the All Blacks players, you may want to adjust the regimes depending on your goals. But one thing’s for certain, if you want to mix it with the world-beaters, you’re going to feel it in the morning.

Beauden Barrett The All Blacks Workout

Workout One: Building Strength

Designed for strength and injury prevention when playing, much of this workout revolves around three supersets that will push every part of your body to the limit.

Superset 1: Back Squat/Sled Push/Box Jump

You’ll want to be moving between exercises as quickly as you can here – no rest until the end. Do three to four of these supersets in total. After each full round, rest for two to three minutes before jumping back into the next set.

Back Squat
For the back squat, you want to be doing ‘heavy triples’ – three repetitions at the heaviest weight you can lift.

  • Set the squat rack height at shoulder level
  • Stand close to the barbell with your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Place your hands an equal distance apart from the centre of the bar
  • Pull yourself under the barbell and squeeze your shoulder blades together
  • Pull the barbell down into your upper back
  • Give yourself three steps to get into position,

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