Four Step Plan To Actually Getting Results

Four Step Plan To Actually Getting Results

Whether you’re a current active athlete, a retired wash-upped athlete like myself, returning from injury, or haven’t seen a pair of weights since 2010 it can and will be challenging to maintain consistency in your training.  To help my friend and to share some tips that have worked for me, here are four ways you can create the support and foundation you will need to stay consistent, focused and have fun.

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Two Front Squat Variations to Improve Your Athleticalism

Two Front Squat Variations to Improve Your Athleticalism

There are many different variations of squats, but today I’m focusing on the barbell front squat. It is my all time favorite exercise and one that I instantly saw a correlation between the weight room and the soccer field.

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A Different Kind of High Intensity Workout

A Different Kind of High Intensity Workout

Since soccer is a sport that requires explosive actions separated by periods of recovery, the best way to improve your fitness is to do just that – perform activities of high intensity followed by some rest.

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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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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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Recreational Soccer: The Magic Pill for Adult Health?

Recreational Soccer: The Magic Pill for Adult Health?

Many adults are engaged in a never-ending search for the “magic pill” that will improve their health and well-being.  This is the focus of many fitness products and nutritional supplements that advertise extraordinary gains in health with little effort.  Others spend countless hours pound away on the treadmill, stationary bicycle or elliptical machine in an effort to lose weight, improve fitness and avoid health complications.  While we may never find that magic pill we may have found a balance between monotonous exercise and the lure of a quick fix.  A recent research review argues that sedentary adults who participate in recreational soccer programs reap the same benefits as those who engage in more traditional exercise routines.

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From the Magazine: The 4 Mile Interval

From the Magazine: The 4 Mile Interval

Author: Scott Moody, AthleteFIT

At Athlete FIT we are always in search of new ways to assess game-based soccer fitness in a training environment. We have played around with many different styles of off-field conditioning drills such as our repeated sprint interval, our Soccer Specific Fitness Interval and our 90-second interval, and the 4-mile interval is the next in a long line of great soccer specific workouts that provide both a tremendous training effect as well as a great way to assess game-based fitness.

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