Summer Training Guide: Soccer

Download STACK's Summer Training Guide for soccer, by Melissa Boldt, strength and conditioning coach for Penn State University's men's soccer team.

During the summer, soccer players need to strike a balance between building strength and making sure their bodies are prepared for the upcoming season. This training plan helps you improve your strength and build muscle through the use of Tempo exercises, in which you perform the second half of a rep slowly, working your muscles for a longer duration and increasing time under tension, a key for building muscle tissue. Bonus: performing reps in this manner helps you develop the strength you need to decelerate (i.e., slow down and change direction quickly) and reduce your risk of suffering a knee or ankle injury—two common trouble spots for soccer players.

Slow tempo reps can make you feel sore later. To counteract that soreness, Boldt recommends performing a post-workout bike routine and/or taking a contrast shower.

 

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