Strength is Not Enough for Girls Soccer Players...
This article was originally published by Erica on Girls Soccer Network blog.
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Back in the 1990s, strength training was foreign to girls soccer players. They feared ge...
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"Erica did a wonderful job albeit a great distance away for our Women’s Soccer Program @ Saint Anselm College. We needed some direction for in season strength training and we were very happy that we reached out to Erica. She listened to our needs and provided a program that was just right for our group. I would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking to improve their program!"
"I started online distance training with Erica remotely from Tampa, Florida. She provided me with a 12-week program that incorporated three different workouts an upper body, a lower body, and a total body workout that progress in weight with each new week. Erica has been great with helping explain the different exercises and she provides me with links to videos she made demonstrating the exercises I was struggling with. She also has been great with checking in on me to see how my workouts have been going and being proactive in asking if I had any questions or need any advice. I would highly recommend her to anyone, she is a true professional."
"My daughter, Gabi, has been an online client of Erica’s for about 4 months. I have seen her core strength grow and she has made noticeable strides in her strength while playing.
For some background. I have been coaching for around 20 years including time at two prominent European academies. I have a UEFA B from the KNVB. I am fortunate enough that I have the ability to travel to Europe often and have spent most of my coaching education time there. It was in Spain while talking to people from ADO that I came across the work of Tim Gabbett, previously I had only seen the work of Raymond Verheijen on periodization. I had a basic understanding about the need to build strength and stamina but not the knowledge on how to get an athlete there. I knew over training is an issue but not how to measure if an individual athlete is being over trained. I knew there is fitness that should be done within a team environment and strength and conditioning that the athlete must take upon themselves. So, when I was searching for someone who I wanted to aide in the development of my own daughter I looked for someone who understood these principles in far more detail than I did.
I must admit I was skeptical about the online program, could someone be effective not being in person. It wasn’t long before my fears were erased. From the beginning I made it a point to stay out of the way and from the first phone calls where Erica and my daughter “interviewed” each other I could tell that this was going to be a good fit. Erica was interested in more than just what was done in the gym, in fact my daughter must submit her schedule monthly including updating game minutes after each game. Her program is designed specifically for her, its not a one size fits all program and it is modified continuously depending on the ongoing feedback. There is almost daily interaction between Erica and Gabi, generally through messages in the training app. Gabi submits videos of certain exercises and Erica provides feedback on form etc.. They also have periodic phone calls, plus we visit Erica in her facility quarterly. For us this has been a perfect balance. There is enough interaction that Gabi is making positive strides but enough freedom that she must take on the responsibility to work at improving herself.
I couldn’t be happier with the program and my daughters progress with it and I look forward to see where it leads as we continue to engage with Erica."
"Erica is very engaged and knowledgeable. She quickly built rapport with my daughter. Exceptionally organized in her approach and clearly had a plan for how each session was going to flow. I highly recommend Erica!"
"My daughter’s foot skills and confidence have both accelerated since she has been with Ericka. We are so impressed with her development that we have recommended our daughter’s teammates to join sessions."
"Erica has really helped me improve as a player. She has helped me improve my soccer skills and footwork, and she also mixes in conditioning that prevents injuries and has increased my speed and strength. She is always positive and supportive and she will definitely be a great trainer for you!"
"Working through the middle school off-season training plan with my rising u-13 was an incredibly valuable experience. The programming was top notch, focusing on speed development, strength and agility and change of direction. The workouts are simple to follow and developmentally appropriate for my 11 year old. She was challenged to move her body in new and different ways and learned that consistency in training can lead to big rewards. The coordination and strength gains and fluidity to her movements is very noticeable. The phone app is so easy to use and the demo videos for each exercise makes the workouts easy to understand. We have just entered our fall season and we can’t wait to get started with our in season program. I am so thankful to have found a comprehensive program that both my daughter and I love!"
"Erica is so motivational to me. Not only is she encouraging but she’s also a very beautiful person, both physically and spiritually. I just can’t say enough good things about her and I truly see her as a great friend, not just a trainer."
"I was 15 pounds overweight and really thinking that my playing career could be over. Now I’m playing the best soccer I have been playing since I was 17. Just to give everyone an idea of how bad my hips were when we started out, I could barely do a hip raise without weight, and now I am doing this stuff with ease. I am excited about keeping this journey going with Erica as my strength coach. She has made me more powerful, explosive, agile, and has showed me hip mobility exercises, which has been my main problem area since we started. If you’re looking for someone who is truly looking out for your better interest, Erica is the person to go to.” –Chris Saul, Men’s Semi-Professional Soccer Player."
"Erica Suter is on the leading edge of training load management and strength training. My daughters have been using her for two months. If you have soccer girls who want quality, smart, training she is worth a look."