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John Pryor Strength In Business

JohnPryorFamilyMost people equate strength with power and in business that can be true as well. If you are negotiating from a strong position you usually hold the power in those negotiations.

The same is realized in rugby, those who spend time training and building strength are more powerful than their opponents. The main caveat is that statement assumes your training time is spent in the best way possible. That’s where my focus lies.

I have often told my players that they can put in 10 hours a day, but unless those 10 hours are productive, they’re wasting 10 hours of their lives. Business is no different. In business I’ve often said, “If you’re going to work 8 hours per day, you might as well make as much as you can and enjoy your work as much as possible.” Some of that comes from having a positive outlook on your situation and the other part comes from taking action. Strength leads to power. Unrealized potential is usually traced back not recognizing your strengths.

John Pryor on Rugby

I love the smell of the pitch in the morning. – John Pryor, Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach

Japan Rugby teamRugby has been one of the loves of my life as long as I can remember. I love the game, the sport, the competition and even the smell of the grass early in the morning as the sun first hits the rugby pitch. More than anything I love the feeling of knowing that I’ve done everything in my power to prepare my players to put forth 100%. That effort needs to be greater than that of their opponents so my job is to ensure they’re as strong and physically fit as they can be. I leave it all on the field so they can leave it all on the field.

John Pryor on Strength

Don’t be STRONG and WRONG! – John Pryor, Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach

John Pryor Rugby StrengthStrength and conditioning go hand in hand in a physical sport like rugby. With immense strength comes muscle mass. If you only focus on building muscle you’ll get outrun and out played all day long. We combine strength with conditioning and make our players the best athletes they can be. Some people are blessed with a naturally strong physique and others have to work hard to maintain their strength. I want both of those people to train well so they can run farther and be stronger than their opponents. Without proper training you can be strong and lose. I’ve told players, “Don’t be STRONG and WRONG!” Correct training is like knowing your opponent. If video shows you a weakness you need to be able to exploit it and if it shows your an area of strength, you need to have a gameplan. That’s what being strong and wrong will get you into trouble.

John Pryor on Power

Some men are physically capable of steam rolling their opponents, but even if you can, that’s not always the best play for the team so we want to have options. – John Pryor, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Power is putting the pedal to the metal and moving at top speed. Lateral acceleration is something that we often talk about in camps and in practice. When you’re coming out of a scrum you need to be able to have enough power to immediately begin moving downfield. In our game, people won’t open up a passing lane for you to drive through so you need to make your own lanes, that’s where the power comes in. Someone is blocking the lane and you accelerate. You can run through them and see if you can run them over. You can also run at them and then at the last moment utilize the lateral acceleration we practice and beat them with one of your strengths, intelligence and superior training. Some men are physically capable of steam rolling their opponents, but even if you can, that’s not always the best play for the team so we want to have options. Obviously the goal is to put the goal under the black dot and that’s what we’re moving towards.

When you can combine power, strength and intelligence you have a winning team. A winning team isn’t made of the 17 more powerful men in the world, it’s made of a combination of strength, power and training. You put in the work and you’ll be a champion!

John Pryor can be found on Twitter. He often posts pictures and videos of rugby.

Douglas Pitassi
January 28th, 2016 at 6:58 pm

UPDATE: Added a couple pictures of John Pryor in Australia and working with Japan’s rugby team.

Dana Sibilsky
January 29th, 2016 at 1:45 am

John Pryor understands what it takes to be a winner because he is one. He knows it takes you pulling your weight. He knows that you not only have to be strong, you need to be smart.

John Tate
January 29th, 2016 at 6:05 pm

I wonder what strength training techniques rugby has in common with other sports like football. Both require strong cores and legwork to push through the scrum/line of scrimmage.

Eric B.
February 29th, 2016 at 9:55 pm

Great info John! I’ve always admired your training ethics and expertise! Hope your time with Japan shows the world what a great trainer you are!

Douglas Pitassi
October 19th, 2016 at 2:07 am

When I think of rugby, I think of the success the Japan team has had under John Pryor. John has long been an upstanding rugby strength and conditiong coach and they are lucky to have such a man who excels in leadership as well as on the field coaching. His is someone that can be emulated and is a positive presence on and off the pitch.


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