After a summer of holidays, overeating, beer and the occasional BBQ, attention begins to turn to the dreaded pre-season training. The initial thoughts of pre-season are usually ‘shit, need to get fit, lets go for a long plodding run’. But why is this seen as the norm? Lets take a step back for a minute and compare the game of rugby to this type of training that we do. What are the similarities? None, bar the run we do to the changing rooms or when being substituted, so why do we continue to use this type of training when it resembles what a marathon runner does, when a rugby player needs to be big, strong, powerful and fast? It makes no sense and doesn’t offer the required stimulus or overload situations, which are fundamental principles of training. With the development of sports science, GPS monitors and readily available literature, there is no reason that specific training cannot be implemented by amateur players as well as the professionals.