CrossFit 365 and Ospreys Rugby

By Gary McLean, Mark Bennett and Kevin Morgan

In Sports Applications, Videos

December 25, 2011

Video Article

Gary McLean, owner of CrossFit 365 in South Wales, shares how he started his U.K. affiliate and how the Ospreys Rugby team has embraced CrossFit and shares its facility with the affiliate.

Mark Bennett, the head strength-and-conditioning coach for the Ospreys, and his assistant, Kevin Morgan, discuss how beneficial CrossFit has been for their athletes.

“It’s not just the physical ability,” Bennett says. “It gives us that mental edge, hopefully.”

Bennett says they decided to share their facility with CrossFit 365 for mutual benefit.

“We felt that those values that they would bring to us would help us because those are exactly the values that we want to develop in our squad,” Bennett says.

McLean credits CrossFit more than the coaches for helping CrossFit catch on and grow.

“This thing is so infectious and is something within the human spirit that once you’ve done a WOD with somebody as a complete stranger, you get up as brothers—it’s a bit spiritual where you go with these WODs,” McLean says.

“I think we’ve opened the door to professional sporting bodies and for other CrossFit boxes and affiliates … to do much the same because it’s a conditioning program we know works, so it’s a very easy thing to push,” he says.

8min 14sec

Additional reading: Rugby and the Rotational Kettlebell Swing by Nicolas Rithner, published Oct. 5, 2009.

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5 Comments on “CrossFit 365 and Ospreys Rugby ”


wrote …

Great to see some UK focus on the journal. We don't see enough if it all at all! I'm even more amazed that you went for some Welsh boys on there without subtitles too haha! Congrats to Gary boy who I had some banter with on a recent Coaches Prep Course! Think Crossfit could be massive for Rugby in the UK and also bring in some firebreathers competitively as their alternative sport!


Phillip Sarris wrote …

It was just a matter of time! Go Wales in the upcoming Six Nations.


Drew Griffith wrote …

Well Done CrossFit 365 and the Rugby coaches for recognising that CrossFit has a place in professional sports
I wish you all the very best Regards Drew Griffith CrossFit Broadbeach.


wrote …

I would love to see examples of a rugby specific WOD.


replied to comment from William Brownley

William, PM me on Facebook CrossFit365 and I can help you with some feedback on this.

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