Don’t worry I’m not talking about playing, in my opinion you were either born to play or not. I most certainly was not, which is a shame because I love watching it. But I’ve given it 3 goes so far and every time I’ve ended up with a knee in the jaw. After another missed tackle. But rugby is a brilliant sport for a completely different reason, it really is a game for people of different shapes and sizes.
And players who are 6 foot 6 and covered in muscle. Or players who would be called fat in any other walk of life! Traditionally you have the forwards who are bigger, taller, and stronger and the backs who are smaller, quicker, more agile and this suits their roles in the team .
And instead of trying to change how they are built. They use their natural body shape to their advantage. If you are 130kg and powerfully built, you could train to be 6% body fat. But it would be much more fun to aim for big muscles. You were built to lift heavy things and look like an absolute beast.
So train for that. You might not reach the super low body fat levels of a fitness model. But you can still get lean, and with huge fucking muscles to go with it! I guess my point is that training to lose weight is a perfectly reasonable goal. But training to be the best that you can be, whilst appreciating that you are a naturally lean/bulky person. Will leave you happier and more motivated.
Matt “forever bulking” Smith
P.S. Check out my clients’ successes on this very website – you can see what I mean, very different people who all ended up happy with their completely individualised results
P.P.S Take a look at my article on Whey protein for WatchFit.com so you can see how to make the most of protein for performance
 Smart, D. 2011. Physical Profiling of Rugby Union Players: Implications for talent development. PhD Thesis. Auckland University of technology
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.