Lions Rugby Player Madosh Tambwe On Career Goals And Training
Madosh Tambwe is 22 years old and has already taken SA Rugby by storm. Last season the Lions player scored a whopping 4 tries against the Stormers. Those who know him weren’t surprised; he scored a hat-trick off the bench in the U19 Curry Cup final back in 2016, too. And to think that when he started playing rugby in 2011, the then 14-year-old chose it so he didn’t have to play cricket.
“When I first got to high school, we had to play a sport, it was between cricket or rugby so I chose rugby,” he says. “My mates and I had fun tackling one another without getting into trouble for it so we decided we’d stick around and play the sport in grade 8.”
Training Like The Best
Now Madosh, who was born in the DRC, is dedicated to the game and routine is key to his success – he trains four times a week with Wednesday being his day off. Lucky for him, he’s got some great tools to help him along the way – using Puma’s LQD CELL Tension to cross-train. The trainer is also worn by F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton, too. With Lewis needing full support during his high intensity training. “Whether I’m in squat form working the double ropes or landing box jumps, LQD CELL Tension gives me a secure sense of balance and focus needed for peak performance wherever my training takes me,“ Lewis says.
Like Lewis, Madosh does some serious explosive work, with Madosh having the need to maintain his speed on the field. “I maintain my speed by doing a number of explosive exercises in the gym and I do speed training on my off day once every two weeks,” he says. “The Puma LQD CELL trainers are very comfortable to train in and I’d recommend it to people to wear – not only are they light on the feet, they also have the grip and it gives you that extra edge when you train.”
But the winger also makes diet a top priority, too. “My diet differs according to the time of the year,” he says. “In pre-season I eat more protein then carbs; then in-season I eat a lot more carbs than protein to maintain my weight. Eating clean is very important. You can’t pour diesel in a petrol car and expect the car to move.”
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Madosh notes that he’s still young and knows there’s a lot more work to be done to get where he wants to be, and so he looks up to some of the best in his team. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be put in place,” he says on his future, “but players who inspire me would be Courtnall Skosan and Elton Jantjies; their work ethic is what stands out for me which is quite inspiring.”
And his goals? “At the moment it would be playing Super Rugby consecutively and getting 50 odd caps, to play test rugby for the national team one day (The Springboks) and the Barbarians so I can experience the culture that side and score great tries in my career and make memories and friendships that will last a life time.”
Social Media Inspiration
Madosh’s advice for budding rugby stars in SA is that being a professional athlete is tough, but don’t give up.”It’s very tough, not only to become a pro rugby player, but a pro athlete in general because it comes with a number of sacrifices and hard work. But that shouldn’t stop them from their dream to go pro.”
And although a strongman on the rugby field, he draws strength from family back home. “I draw my strength from my family,” he says. “I have a great support system and my family do it very well. They help me stay positive and with me having positivity like that around helps me with dealing with an injury or a setback.”
Lastly, Madosh is out to inspire, especially when it comes to reaching his fans on social media. “It is very import because you never know who is consistently and constantly is watching your stuff and who draws inspiration or motivation from it. So it is very important, especially as a pro athlete which I’m fortunately blessed to be.”