Today we are learning how to get fit for soccer.
Fitness isn’t everything, but it’s important! You don’t want to look like an out of shape
grandpa trying to play a full 90! What’s going on? Little dap! It’s Jared Montz,
former pro and founder of Online Soccer Academy. Being game fit in soccer is more then just
being running fit. Soccer is a game of changing speeds. Sometimes you are walking, sometimes
jogging and sometimes sprinting. Your heart rate is up and your heart is down depending
on what’s happening the game. The quicker you can get your heart down after having it
high, like at the end of a 40 yard sprint, the more game fit you will be.
This video is geared towards players ages 12 and up.
Key Points! Key Point One. Make fitness part of your practice with the ball.
Hardly anyone, even pros, doen’t like doing pure fitness because they want to play. So
instead of having a fitness only session for 1-2 hours mix fitness into your sessions with
the ball. If you are a coach mix fitness into your training sessions. For example after
10 minutes of ball work do a few sets of shuttle sprints. Then get back to ball work. Now you
won’t be dreading the end of session fitness for 20 minutes because the 20 minutes of fitness
was mixed into your session with the ball. Key Point Two. Start with a base fitness goal.
If you are out of shape, don’t expect to be fit in two days and go all out. This is
how you run the risk of getting hurt and pulling muscles. Instead start with small goals like
running a mile in 7 minutes. Or 8 minutes depending how un fit you are. As you reach
your 7 minute goal set a new goal of 6 minutes and 45 seconds. Do this until you get to a
6-minute mile. That’s a strong mile pace for soccer players.
Key Point Three. Tempo Runs.Tempo Runs are a great way to get your heart rate up and
down. For example create a run where you jog for 30 seconds and sprint for 15 seconds.
Repeat this process for 5 reps. The jog should be a slow jog. The sprint should be a hard
sprint. Your heart rate is up on the sprint and on the jog your breathing deep trying
to get your heart rate down. The jog is like your recovery time.
Be creative and create different time intervals for your tempo runs. Like 1 minute jog, 30
second sprint. 15 second jog, 15 second sprint. Key Point Four. Do fitness with the ball.
Mix up your fitness with fitness with the ball. Instead of doing shuttle sprints without
the ball, do them with the ball. If you are doing a 6 minute run, do it while dribbling
the ball around the field. This makes it harder and more game like. Over time dribbling while
doing fitness will greatly increase your ball control.
Key Point Five. Don’t just do long distance runs.
Just because you can run 5 miles without stopping doesn’t mean you are game fit. Soccer is
not cross-country; it’s a game of changing speeds. Make sure you mix in short hard sprints
with your long distance runs. Personally I think a 2-mile run should be your longest
distance of continuous running for soccer players.
Key Point Six. Use the gym as a supplement to your fitness.
When you are old enough and your body is ready, usually around 14 or so, start making the
gym part of your fitness. But use it as a supplement to your fitness and training with
the ball, not the core. Remember it only takes weeks to get fit. It takes years to have great
technique with the ball. For more fitness and speed training videos watch our OSA videos
here. Bonus Tip! Don’t forget to rest! If you are training and doing fitness 7 days
a week you will burn out and get tired, not matter how fit you are. Make sure you take
at least 1 rest day a week. Ideally you want to get fit prior to your
season starting. During the season you should be more in maintain your fitness mode. The
day prior to your game you shouldn’t be doing fitness as part of your training. It
needs to be light so you are rested and ready to give 110% on game day.
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