What Are The Essential Soccer Workouts?
Well rounded soccer workouts are essential to this very popular game. Soccer is one of the most popular sports all over the world. In Europe, they call it football.
As a soccer player, proper strengthening and conditioning is necessary. If you really want to have competitive endurance, you have to make sure that your body is in great shape with optimal energy levels. So, in order to be a great player, you must invest in your body by getting into great shape.
Four of the most critical traits you need as a soccer player are: speed, endurance, strength, and flexibility. These main factors are really necessary in order for you to last through the entire game, and to gain competitive edge.
To develop these traits, you need to work on more than just your soccer skills. You will need to do additional cross training beyond just practicing soccer. Let’s take a look at each one.
Strength training will improve your ability to develop your speed and endurance, so it is essential to your workout program. Use weights, exercise bands and plyometrics for a well rounded strengthening program.
Don’t forget your core. Developing solid core strength will help you with all aspects of the game. You can develop your core muscles by adding ballistic and Olympic style lifts.
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In order to improve your speed in your soccer game, you will want to exercise the following conditioning skills:
- Quick acceleration over 10-15 years
- Quick launch from a still standing
- Speed in possession of the ball
- Speed of soccer skill execution
- Speed of thought
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I recommend this Total Soccer Fitness Guide. You’ll find plenty of sample drills and articles designed specifically for building fitter, faster, stronger players.
Endurance is basically the body’s ability to withstand long periods of intense activity with a remarkable resistance to fatigue.
Soccer players with endurance will be able to player at optimal performance for longer periods throughout the game, thus making endurance training critical to overall soccer performance.
Benefits of endurance training also include:
- Improved Cardiovascular Health
- Strengthening of Joints
- Increased Mental Awareness
- Increased Efficiency of Respiratory System
- Resistance to Fatigue
- Increases Metabolism
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For your soccer workouts, it is important to have great flexibility and agility. You will want to focus on:
- The ability to quickly change direction
- Hip mobility
- Shoulder stability
A great exercise for flexibility is the Kettlebell Turkish Get Up. You can see a demonstration here: