‘Why the hell are your soccer players doing upper body days?’
This is a common question I’ll hear.
And I get it. Soccer players primarily use their legs in actions like shooting, passing, changing direction, and bicycle kicking.
However, the upper body, namely, their posture is just as important as their lower body. And can actually improve the actions listed above.
As a soccer performance coach, I’m proud to say I program a balanced amount of upper body to lower body work.
Here is this week’s Exercise for Confidence:
Let’s address this first: why do soccer players need upper body work?
– To improve posture (looks better and they can walk onto the field with confidence)
– To improve body composition (more muscle, less fat)
– To improve running mechanics (stable shoulders = cleaner mechanics, stronger upper body = more force coming from their arm action)
– To improve ability to wrestle of defenders during a 50/50 ball
– To be able to axial load (overhead barbell pressing movements, better squats, etc) which helps with improving bone density
So why do I like this shoulder stability exercise?
– Great way to work on mobility and stability
– Reinforces the core and hips to stay engaged so back doesn’t hyperextend
– Excellent way to groove into more advanced overhead pressing movements
– Easy to be performed on the pitch with resistance bands