How did two average‐sized kids, who spent much of their early days as the smallest guys in every rugby front row they played in, reach the pinnacle of their sport?
From day one, their father, CrossFit coach Ken Franks, told his sons Ben and Owen that if they wanted to become professional rugby players they would need to work hard at it. And that advice has paid handsomely.
While exercise was important in developing the Franks brothers, what was more important was committing to a training schedule at a young age. Those training philosophies continue to evolve and in Training Tough the Franks share their successful techniques.
A big part of that success has been discovering Reebok CrossFit, a high intensity workout which is scalable to any fitness level, from elite athletes to sedentary office workers and both elderly and young alike. That led the pair to open their own gym: Franks Brothers’ CrossFit, which has enjoyed huge success in Christchurch and is due to be rolled out around New Zealand.
The book details a fitness programme that anyone can follow with the barest minimum of equipment. And it’s not just for big beefy rugby players — at the Franks Brothers’ gym members range from 10 years old through to 72 and they have more female than male attendees.
So whether you’re a high school rugby player with All Black dreams or an office bound woman looking for a new workout challenge in 2013 this book will set you on the right track. It details a range of exercises which are broken down into step‐by‐step pictures and finishes with Training Programmes.
The question, though, at the end of the day, will be: do you have the dedication and are you tough enough? Much more than just a training book, this is a true story that will truly inspire.
Written by James 'Red' McLeod and Phil Gifford.
Published by Hachette New Zealand.
Video Produced by Whero Films. Music by Von Voin Strum. Special thanks to Todd Blackadder, Steve Hansen, Niranjan Ranasinghe and Cole Lemalu.