In developing high-performance exercises for athletes, sports scientists recommend routines that closely approximate the joint and muscle movement used in the particular sport. Until now rugby (one of the most strength-oriented team sports), has had to rely on general purpose strength conditioning exercises and equipment.This equipment does not adequately approximate the joint and muscle movement of the rugby player.
In designing a machine specifically for the rugby player, MyoQuip (the developers of the ScrumTruk apparatus), have converted the vertical resistance of gravity into resistance in the horizontal plane, which is where the rugby forward operates. Forward dominance is the platform on which rugby success is built. In establishing dominance, the crucial factor is the ability of the forwards to deliver pushing power and to withstand the counter-force generated by the opposing pack.
ScrumTruk is a machine designed specifically to develop that pushing power and resistance to counter-pushing while in the body position of the scrum or maul. Regular use of this apparatus by all forwards reinforces the point that generating scrum and maul momentum and resisting counter-momentum is the responsibility of the whole pack. Engineered to handle weight loads to 250kg and beyond, the ScrumTruk provides a challenge to players of international standard as well as a safe and intuitive way for young players to fully develop their strength.