Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Soccer players must be able to cover distances very fast and often times move in congested areas with ease. They need to improve leg strength to become more agile if they’re going to perform at their maximum ability. Increasing leg strength can also help prevent injury. Here are some lateral strength training videos to help improve agility.

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Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Footwork drills using ladders, hurdles, and cones should be simple, effective, and purposeful. They can be great tools for building fundamental qualities like rhythm and balance, both very important for speed and agility.  When setting up your program, it's very important to remember two key facts that are indisputable.

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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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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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Over Use and Under Development

Over Use and Under Development

Skills have to be at the top of the pyramid when it comes to the growth of an athlete, but in a lot of ways its been reversed.  Young athletes are specializing in one sport, developing the skills to compete at a high level, but still incomplete as a player.  They haven't developed the overall strength and agility that comes from a wide foundation of pure athleticism. For those of you who just love the game, whatever that game may be, here are 3 of my favorite corrective moves.

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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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Move Better. Do More. Be Fast.

Move Better. Do More. Be Fast.

Move better, Do More, Be Fast!  This workout e-book from Chris "Trainer Gorres" is designed to help athletes reach and achieve their performance goals.  I’ve combined my experience working with top professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and US Soccer, to create a program that works for athletes on all levels.  The 3 month plan will address flexibility, core strength, injury prevention, functional strength, power, speed and agility, fitness, and more. 

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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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