Under Armour heavyweights stage Six Nations circuit

2014 has started with a bang, and we’ve steamed into it with so much fighting spirit so that we daren’t slow down for fear of not knowing how else to fill our time.

Our latest escapade saw us race off to Welsh Rugby Union’s Centre of Excellence at The Vale, Cardiff (home to one of the fittest rugby teams on the planet) for a spot of light (*read: intense) exercise to host a selection of lifestyle media keen to live a day in the life of a WRU athlete.

This time the PrettyGreeners opted to watch from afar with anticipation as some of WRU’s finest began to prep a brutal course if ever we saw one – certainly not for the faint-hearted.

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Unprepared to let our trusty band of journalist shirk away from a strength and conditioning session, we happily let them carry the baton into our specially-made grueling training environment out in Wales as they prepared for a training session like no other.

Indoors, with metaphorical temperatures soaring and with a helping hand from Six Nations stars Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts, Taulupe Faletau, Alex Cuthbert and Rhys Webb, this was also a prime opportunity for a HeatGear product trial.

Quickly reassessing our situation once we’d seen what WRU’s strength and conditioning coach Adam Beard had in store, we soon found that within 20 minutes our trusty unit of journalists had been reformed into a dwindling mass of sluggish limbs and beaten souls.

Taking time out of a rest day to help our crew train, all the while our Welsh gladiators simply looked on puzzled as to why our victims lay on the floor, gasping. From this evidence, it’s not hard to see why there’s a reason we’re not all professional athletes with stupendously high fitness levels – though having the right gear on hand to help us prep certainly helps lessen the blow.