Heriot’s Rugby keeps the community moving with online home workouts

The day after lockdown began Heriot’s Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach Jordan Welsh created a workout video to encourage the club community to stay active at home.

Since then his videos have been posted at the beginning of each week gaining thousands of views across the club’s social media channels.

Jordan works with Heriot’s Rugby semi-professional players and youth athletes at Edinburgh Academy and City of Edinburgh Basketball.

His experience extends to running outdoor boot camp session for clients, in the warmer seasons, through his small business Fit Camp Edinburgh.

The home workouts captured in Jordan’s videos are accessible to all fitness levels using bodyweight and household items.

‘‘These plans are suitable for everybody, from an athlete to someone who has never lifted a weight in their life,’’ he said.

Drawing from his experience running outdoor boot camp sessions for clients through his business Fit Camp Edinburgh

‘‘These are exercises people can do in their garden or their flat. It is quite high intensity, but people can go at a pace they are comfortable with.’’

Before beginning his tenure at Heriot’s Rugby Club, Jordan worked with the professional French team Rouen Normandie Rugby for two years.

He left France on a high, before returning home to Scotland, as Les Lions were promoted into the second tier of professional rugby in the country.

Coming from a professional rugby environment, Jordan knows first-hand how the FOSROC Super6 competition requires former Premiership players to step up their fitness.

‘‘It is very new for the guys in terms of the intensity and how they are training. It can be a hectic schedule for them, so it is about getting that balance,’’ he said.

Jordan believes that balance is also important as the lockdown period continues and encourages others to stay active for the benefit of their physical and mental health.

‘’The best advice I can give is to keep a routine. Keep active and get as much fresh air as you can according to the current guidelines,’’ he said.

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