Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Most of us know that strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reaching our fullest potential on the field such as helping us run faster, jump higher, and reducing the likelihood of injury.What isn’t talked about as much, though, is the impact that strength and conditioning has beyond the field.

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Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

In soccer it is imperative that players are able to control their core as it allows for integration of the lower body with the upper body to transfer force from the ground upward and outward (ie. kicking, changing direction). If soccer players are unable to stabilize their core then it leaves them susceptible to injury and limits their performance and capabilities. Here is a core circuit that would be a better option for the athletes.

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Planning For Greatness

Planning For Greatness

Have you ever gone to bed on Sunday night ready to attack your goals for the week ahead only to wake up on Monday morning and feel as if you’re being pulled in a thousand different directions. Before you know it the week is attacking you and you’re just reacting. The one habit that has made the biggest difference in my life has allowed me to focus and attack the things that are most important in my life.I call this habit the Simple Sunday Ritual.

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Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Soccer requires us to perform incredible amounts of running, jumping, change of direction, acceleration and deceleration – in other words it is one of the most demanding sports on the body. And, the anterior chain, or front of the body, bears the majority of the stress compared to the backside of the body.

I find that “pushing” exercises like squatting and push-ups are much easier for the majority of our female soccer players to perform than “pulling” exercises such as deadlifts and rowing variations.Therefore I counterbalance these strength imbalances by targeting 3 main areas.

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The Real Way To Train Like A Soccer Pro

The Real Way To Train Like A Soccer Pro

The real focus should be on what professional athletes did when no one was watching- before anyone knew they were going to be stars.  How did they build their athleticism?  How did they improve their skill and technique?  These are the questions that should be getting asked.

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Are You Prepared to Perform the KB Swing? Part 2

Are You Prepared to Perform the KB Swing? Part 2

In today’s society that’s filled with excess sitting and “social media gone wild” approach to life, many athletes have poor posture and an incredibly weak posterior chain – which is leading to the increase in injuries and the lack of confidence in athletic performance. One exercise that can help combat these issues is the KB Swing.

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Are You Prepared to Perform the Kettlebell Swing?

Are You Prepared to Perform the Kettlebell Swing?

Lets face it. The Kettlebell Swing is a killer exercise. And, when I say killer I mean the benefits of the swing are endless. All of this awesomeness in one exercise has athletes wanting to jump right in and get to swinging. The reality is though, that many aren’t prepared to perform the swing right off the bat.

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Cardiac Output: The Case of an Under Recovered Soccer Player

Cardiac Output: The Case of an Under Recovered Soccer Player

While periods of high intensity work is absolutely needed, it can’t be the only aspect of your conditioning. If you want better results and if you want to perform better and longer – you need low intensity conditioning, or more specifically cardiac output.

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Layering the Turkish Get-Up with 1/4 and 1/2 Repetitions

Layering the Turkish Get-Up with 1/4 and 1/2 Repetitions

The Turkish Get-up offers a ton of benefits such as: Shoulder stability, Core strength and stability, Hip mobility and stability and Body awareness. Basically it is a fantastic total body strength exercise. With all of it moving parts, though, learning the movement in one sitting can be challenging. Therefore it is much easier to break it up into sections and layer it as you become more efficient with it.

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Drills To Learn and Improve Single-Leg RDL

Drills To Learn and Improve Single-Leg RDL

From Lori Lindsey: I am a big of fan of single leg training and believe it should be a staple in all programs. One of my favorite single leg exercises is the single leg RDL. It offers a host of benefits such as single leg strength and stability and most importantly it targets the posterior chain or in other words the hamstrings and glutes.

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