The UEFA Euro Cup 2016 has just begun, but the players have been training way before their first match at Euro 2016. Couch commentators like to say “They run and kick ball only what!”. Yes they do, but they also dash, dribble, lunge and constantly change directions. Players need to be at their physical peak shape to perform well with a good level of strength, agility, and explosive power. On top of their game practices, here are the workouts that professional footballers do in and out of the gym:
Running and Sprinting
Of course endurance is key for a pro footballer, they can run up to 14 kilometers per game. The other running activity that is crucial is the ability to burst into sprints at any given moment. Elite footballers put Forrest Gump to shame (not that hard) in the following running activities:
Suspension training, such as TRX, is great for way to develop functional fitness, which prepares muscles and joints for fast-twitch movements. The imbalanced nature of these workouts help build a player’s core, coordination and joint stability.
Not only does strength training help pro footballers develop their explosive capabilities, it helps them reduce the risk of injury, ACL damage for instance. Core and lower body exercises ultimately build stronger, faster athletes who can kick harder too. Squats are a staple, of course:
Most professional football players begin with a two to six week strength and endurance training regiment before switching to high-intensity training exercises and actual game play. So for all the aspiring (yet talentless) footballers out there, hit the gym before you hit the field and you might just perform like a pro. On their worst day. After retirement. Deep into their golden years.