The Importance of Strength Training

One of the biggest mistakes many soccer players make is not giving themselves a complete training schedule. They focus on the techniques of the game, and run endless drills and other team exercises, focusing on individual and cooperative playing skills, as well as endurance cardio workouts, but they neglect to consider weight training.

The fact is, for high performing athlete in any sport, it is absolutely essential to develop a comprehensive workout routine that focuses on all muscle groups and types of workouts, not just conditioning for aerobic exercises.

Lifting weights should be a core part of your weekly workout, and while you don't need to be hitting the gym every day it should be a consistent schedule. You can work with your coach or other training expert to find the program that's right for you, but here are a few great routines to work into your program.


The Windmill

The windmill is a great pose to include in your workouts because it is a full body exercise that also incorporates a twist and stretch. That makes it perfect for aerobic-minded athletes, as they can add it into their normal routines in a way that feels natural. Many soccer players will add this pose to the end of a yoga session, after they've already loosened their bodies and are ready to take the day's training to the next level.

Read more about how to do a kettlebell windmill.

The Clean and Press

The clean and press, on the other hand, is often overlooked by soccer players.

Similar to a deadlift, this routine requires you to lift a large amount of weight free and clear, incorporating arm, leg, and back strength into a single move. If you are unfamiliar with how to do a clean and press correctly, it is important that you work with an experienced coach or trainer your first few times through the pose, as proper form is necessary to get the full benefits of the workout and to avoid injury.

Watch this video for tips on doing a clean and press with dumbbells, or read more about how to do a kettlebell clean and press.

Whatever Your Workout Keep It Consistent

The two poses mentioned above are just a few examples and ideas you might want to consider for your workouts. Again, it is important that you talk to an experienced coach before adding these into your routine.

Which poses are right for you, the most important element is to make sure you practice them safely and consistentyl. That way, you'll see consistent imporvement over time, which will also flow over into the other areas of your practice.

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