Improve Soccer Agility with Lateral Strength Exercises

Soccer players need to improve their lateral strength to move in multiple directions and make quick cuts. Here's how.

No sport, with the possible exception of track, is truly linear in nature, and soccer is no exception. Think about it: an attacker must avoid defenders by sprinting forward, quickly cutting from side to side and even moving backward when necessary. As a soccer player, you need to improve your strength in these positions if you're going to perform at your maximum ability.

This presents a problem for most traditional strength programs, which overuse muscles in certain positions. Squats, Deadlifts, Bench Press, Overhead Press, Pull-Ups, Power Cleans, etc., are all great exercises, but they are all straight up-and-down movements (in the transverse plane). They completely neglect the lateral movements required in most sports, especially soccer.

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