“Silly Strength” is a term I use on days things get weird at our facility.
And yes, “Silly Strength” is an actual day in my soccer programs. It’s a day for the athletes to break away from the conventional world of squats, push-ups, pull-ups and deadlifts, and escape to a magical world of silliness.
Some “Silly Strength” movements I use:
– Switch Grip Pull-Ups
– Pallof Sled Drags
– Chaos Push-Ups
– Sled Pulls
– Landmine Lateral Lunges
– Glute Ham Raises while jamming out to Taylor Swift
It’s just silly.
Alas, athletes are still getting strong, moving better, and attacking their muscles from varying force vector angles. And they’re having fun with weird feats of strength.
The world won’t end. People won’t die. And Beyonce will still be a queen.
So yeah. Get silly. It will be okay.
Here is this week’s Exercise for Confidence:
Recently, I’ve tried to get away from too much linear work, especially with my soccer players.
While I understand all the talk on anti-rotation, I feel strength coaches should know when and how to sprinkle in rotational work.
I like this drill for a couple reasons:
– Improves acceleration
– Improves hip turn into acceleration
– Reinforces forward lean when accelerating
– Builds character
Normally, I start with the resistance with the prowler, then get in a handful of unresisted reps at full speed.
I may, then, progress it into a backward-facing drill like this:
Once kids show me they can master the “hip turn” like butter, I up the ante.
To that end, speed should be a multi-faceted approach with multiple planes at play.