For this week’s Knowledge Is Power portion, I’ll be sharing my favorite pieces of soccer equipment. I like these because 1) they improve performance 2) #science 3) Messi uses them 4) So yeah. They’re legit.
All of these will touch on the physical component of the game because that’s what I jive with. If you’re a coach, trainer, or parent, check these out:
Want strong hips? Want to reduce chance of knee, hamstring, and ankle injuries? These Slingshot bands take hip training to the next level. If you’re familiar with conventional mini bands, you’ll appreciate these because they up the ante a bit.
They’re excellent for a post workout circuit, or as a hip activation warm up for a training session or match.
Keep in mind that you should only get this product if you’ve mastered hip circuits with this mini band first. Then you can graduate onto the Elite Hip Sling.
Why soccer players need hip strength:
– Increased speed
– Improved agility
– Reduced chance of injury
– Bigger butt
Here is what you can do:
And if you want to progress your crawling (total body strength), put the band around your ankles and give this a whirl:
You know what’s interesting? Everyone has a different heart.
It’s nothing revolutionary, really, but if everyone is different, why would we put a set time on conditioning runs?
Instead, perhaps we can strap heart rate monitors to ourselves to elicit a more customized physiological response to the individual. Some may recover quicker than others. Some may be gassed too soon. Some may have to stop mid-300 yard shuttle.
Boom. It looks sharp on players too.
Most of the players who come into our facility are working up to 85-90% of their heart rate max (orange and red zones), so they’re better able to train anaerobic capacity.
If you have any questions about HR-based training, shoot me a message.
We all have to start somewhere when it comes to training upper body strength for soccer.
Give these pull up bands a shot to better assist you in banging out plenty of reps. All you have to do is loop them around a bar.
If you don’t have access to a gym or squat rack, loop this around the goal post or a tree. Soccer players need upper body strength for improved posture, running mechanics, and reduced chance of injury.
Planks and side planks can become mundane.
If you want to do something badass and actually A LOT MORE challenging, purchase a resistance band tube. There are plenty of pallof variations one can do:
I love these because they train the anti-rotation component of core stability, which has carryover to soccer: controlling center of mass, being stable in “athletic stance,” and improving ability to hold off defenders.
I’d argue that these variations are A LOT harder than side planks. And the athletes actually *feel* their abs working.