Using Periodization to Adjust Your Workouts for Greater Success

Using Periodization to Adjust Your Workouts for Greater Success

As an athlete, you know very well that your body responds to training. Having a proper training program is important. Many times people assume that more is better, that is, training more will produce better results. However, science says that this is not always the case.

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Drills of the Week featuring 1 Leg Hurdle Hops

Drills of the Week featuring 1 Leg Hurdle Hops

Here are your weekly top soccer training drills from social media from the past week. This week's drills feature 1 Leg Hurdle Hops from Trainer Gorres, the "Tab Ramos" from Technē Futbol, 180 Turn & Finish Drill from AthleteFIT, Tennis Ball Juggling Warm Up from Beast Mode Soccer, Cross-Body Carry from Lori Lindsey, a Ball Manipulation Exercise from Cruz Coaching, Soccer Fitness Circuit from YFutbol and a Heel Juggle from Become Elite. 

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Out With The New, In With The Old – Some Things Never Change

This list is a great template for any young athlete that wants to succeed in their sport. There are a ton of other factors that come into play when excelling at your sport ie. luck, timing and genetics to name a few. Even so there are a lot of factors in an athletes control as well. In 2016 there are so many opportunities and a wealth of information out there. I hope this list helps highlight key areas that I value as most important to my success. Whether your dream is to be the next USWNT player or healthy high school athlete, remember that each individual has his or her own path, and success is determined by you showing up and consistently doing your part.

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Save your Legs and Build Endurance

Save your Legs and Build Endurance

Newton’s law states that for every force, there is an equal and opposite force.   For soccer athletes, that means that every time your foot hits the ground, the ground is actually hitting you.  Each impact is a collision that your body has to absorb.  While it may not seem significant, if you add up all of the training volume from fitness sessions, practice sessions, games, pick up, etc.  that can be a heavy toll on the body.  In order to stay healthy and keep yourself fresh for the season, you have to budget your ground contacts.  Other than games and practices, high intensity activities like sprinting and plyometrics should be the only other time your feet hit the ground during training.  Don’t waste your ground contacts on slow runs of 30+ minutes.  While these are necessary for building cardio endurance, the overall volume can do more harm than good.

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6 Off-Season Fitness Workouts to Improve Game Speed Fitness

6 Off-Season Fitness Workouts to Improve Game Speed Fitness

Improve your game speed fitness. SoccerFit Academy provides us with 6 Off-Season Fitness Workouts to Improve Game Speed Fitness and a Manchester United Fitness Test that you can do to work on your fitness.

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Getting Fit by Going Fast

Getting Fit by Going Fast


Soccer is a series of high intensity runs, like sprinting, that are separated by some lower intensity activities, like jogging, walking, or standing. The best players are the ones that can continue to perform high intensity activities later in the game.  There have been numerous studies that investigate the speed and distance covered by soccer players. In a study I worked on, we found that English professional players cover on average over 11 km per match, with up to 1200 m (3/4 mile) covered while sprinting. Others found that teams that tend to win also tend to cover more sprinting distance in the last 15 minutes of the game than those who lost.

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Your Off-Season Training Guide Preview

Your Off-Season Training Guide Preview

Here are previews of some of the articles from our December "Off-Season Training" Issue. 

Most professional athletes have the advantage of getting professional trainers to plan their off-season training program for them. Most everyone else doesn’t have that luxury. That’s why we’ve worked to put together some resources in this issue specifically to help you get better during the off-season.

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Drills of the Week

Drills of the Week

Here are your weekly top individual training drills that can be found on social media from the past week. This week's drills feature a Soccer Turning Training Session from YFutbol, the Beast Mode Soccer 8 Cone Drill, a Ball Control Drill from SoccerFIT Academy, an Elástico and Hocus Pocus Move Tutorial from Become Elite, some Neck Strengthening Drills from Trainer Gorres and more! As always, make sure and follow them for more!

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Keeping Up with the Team

Keeping Up with the Team

As the fall moves on, most teams are in the middle of the season and have played a few matches. Preseason is past, and teams have settled into a somewhat regular cycle of matches, training, and days off. As a player, you probably fall into one of three broad categories. You are either 1) playing all or most minutes of your team’s matches; 2) playing some minutes or playing in some matches but not others; or 3) getting little to no match playing time. This article focuses on providing some thoughts and tips for players who find themselves in the categories of getting partial to no playing time.

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My Training Ground...

My Training Ground...

Your Training Ground is a place away from the team, coaches, trainers, friends, family and fans. It's where you go to re-establish your commitment to the game and to remind yourself why you love to play. It's just you, the ball and the space you find to make yourself a better athlete. Sometimes, players use excuses like not having a facility or a personal trainer or a nice fitness center to go to for extra training on their own. But the truth is, you don't need those things to have your own training ground. 

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USWNT: Training, Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation

USWNT: Training, Fitness, Nutrition, Motivation

The U.S. Women's National Team kicks off their 2015 World Cup campaign today against Australia. In May, we released a special edition of Amplified Soccer a Athlete magazine to get inside the minds of the coaches and players, current and former, of the most physically fit and mentally tough team in the world. They told us what it takes to compete at that level, how the game has changed, the future of the technical side, and what motivates them to be the best. Take a look at some of our favorite quotes from each interview and piece to get pumped up for the largest and most talked about WWC to date. 

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From the Magazine - Get Fit by Going Fast

From the Magazine - Get Fit by Going Fast

Soccer is a series of high intensity runs, like sprinting, that are separated by some lower intensity activities, like jogging, walking, or standing. The best players are the ones that can continue to perform high intensity activities later in the game. There have been numerous studies that investigate the speed and distance covered by soccer players. In a study I worked on, we found that English professional players cover on average over 11 km per match, with up to 1200 m (3/4 mile) covered while sprinting. Others found that teams that tend to win also tend to cover more sprinting distance in the last 15 minutes of the game than those who lost.

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