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....
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....
If you look at the word BASICSKILL
what do you do see?
I stole this from Beyond Strength Performance owner and coach, Chris Merritt.
Clearly he's a genius.
And, this play on words is genius too. We often mistake the basics for "simple" and "easy" and this couldn't be further from the truth....
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.
However, mastering this exercise can be difficult and takes time and practice.
Here are two drills that will help you clean up you technique. ...
Fundamentals are the foundation to everything.
No matter what sport you play - basketball, hockey, or soccer – fundamentals are the building blocks to improving performance.
With soccer, specifically, it is important to focus on mastering passing, receiving, dribbling, and shooting, as these skills are directly transferable to the game.
Some of my fondest memories during my playing days are when Becky Sauerbrunn and I were training partners. We would train together every day during our off-times with the women’s national team. These sessions had a singular focus - our common goal was to master the basics and the areas that would have the most carry over to elevate our game....
Photo Credit: Cressey Sports Performance
Want to be a better athlete - a better soccer player, perhaps? Want to stay healthy, injury-free for the long haul? Perform better on and off the field?
If you answered yes to one of those questions - then a proper warm-up is vital.
The primary goal for training is not only to improve performance, but to stay healthy while you're doing it.
As the above quote, "Durability is more important than ability" states, no matter what your goals are or how talented you are if you can't stay healthy and injury-free then it will be very challenging to reach these goals.
Too often though athletes/clients overlook their warm-up and leave out this vital training component. Whether it is not performing a warm-up at all or skimping through it with a few stretches here or there with no real direction - you're missing out on a critical component that can help take your performance to the next level....