Wednesday 22 November 2017

‘What ensued was torturous’ - Brian O’Driscoll recalls the most difficult weights session of his career

Brian O'Driscoll during a weights session with Ireland in 2008
Brian O'Driscoll during a weights session with Ireland in 2008
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Nineteen months after his final game as a professional player, Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has recalled a weights session in 2009 that was like no other during his decorated career.

The 141-cap international has been carving out a career as a respected pundit since hanging up his boots and offered his thoughts on a range of subjects on his own personal website,

Today, the 36-year recalled a pre-season weights session in 2009 that pushed him to the limit as a player.

The 2005 Lions captain had returned from holidays, and because he had underwent corrective eye surgery, was behind some of his team-mates with the start of the new campaign looming.

“When Strength and Conditioning coach Chris Dennis (who’s now with Geelong Cats in the AFL) discovered I’d only been training for two days before I was gone again, he decided to beast me on day one," he writes.

"He put me in with a group of players that were three weeks into their pre-season programme

"What ensued was torturous, but what doesn’t kill you and all that".

O’Driscoll said that the session was to take between 45-50 minutes, but “it took me 85 minutes”.

Former Leinster team-mate Ian Madigan couldn’t resist a dig at the article.

“Was that your last gym session?” he posted on his Twitter account.

Here is the weights session in full

100 x 60kg deadlifts

100 x 40kg push press

100 x 40kg hang high pull

100 x push ups

100 x lying pull ups

100 x box jumps

100 x 20kg plate press and extension

100 x 20kg barbell curls

100 x tyre flips

100 x sit ups

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