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....
The other day my good friend and fellow performance coach, Mike Robertson wrote an article about random thoughts he’s had over the past couple of weeks on strength, speed, and conditioning.
This prompted me to add to my already on-going list of random thoughts I have in regards to Soccer Performance Training.
So, here are a few of the thoughts I have while training athletes....
Every now and then I am amazed when our soccer players walk into Beyond Strength Performance proclaiming that their abs are sore because they finished soccer practice the night before with some “extra core” work.
And, by extra core work we're talking about crunches, sit-ups, and/or russian twists....
"Expect Greatness By Planning For It"
I came across this quote recently from my friends at Duktig Brand Company and I love it.
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.
Yeah, I hear ya. Me too....
Retiring from sport can be extremely difficult – not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint as well.
For many of us, our identities are wrapped up in the sport we play. I know for me I got a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from soccer. And, I was scared to lose that once I hung up my boots.
I know I’m not alone in this fear as I receive questions from former teammates frequently like “How am I going to remain athletic?”, “How am I going to stay fit?” “What’s my training routine going to look like without the structure of a team?”...
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.
However, there are a lot of working parts that need to be mastered in order to perform and experience all the benefits the KB Swing has to offer.
In Part 1 I go over three exercises that will help build a foundation and get you started down the path of mastery with this "biggest bang for your buck" exercise....
Lets face it. The Kettlebell Swing is a killer exercise. And, when I say killer I mean the benefits of the swing are endless.
I can't think of another "all in one" exercise that helps:
- Builds overall athleticism and strength
- Improves conditioning
- Targets your posterior chain (backside of your body) - I mean who doesn't need/want a bigger, stronger booty?
- Is a viable alternative for the Olympic lifts
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....
I have always been a fan of core training – during my playing days and now as a coach.
And, no, I'm not talking about sit-ups and crunches. (Alright, I'm sure there was a time when I would get down with some crunches, but my knowledge/approach has evolved.)
I think we can all agree there's a ton of core exercises that give you way more bang for your buck than the traditional sit-ups and crunches. Reason being, everything in sport comes from the core.
In soccer specifically, striking the ball, holding off defenders, sprinting/running – every movement that generates power starts with the core....