“There is no need to do as much dribbling because the players are faster, more physical. The players are more developed in every way “ - Thiago Alcantara
If you are a youth footballer who is looking to stand out in the modern game, then improving your athleticism has become an essential part of the game.
Are you currently doing anything to improve your strength? Speed? Power?
Why not start preparing for what the best clubs are expecting from their players right now rather than waiting until it’s potentially too late.
If you are a beginner and aren’t unsure what to do, try this super simple bodyweight program to get you started.
It will only take you 20 minutes and can be done 2-4 times per week.
Sprint as fast as you can. Start a new sprint every 60 seconds.
Lying Chest Start Sprint 10 metres – 5 reps
Lying Chest Start Sprint 20 metres – 5 reps
Jump as high as you can and land softly. Complete 3-5 rounds with 60 seconds rest in between
Squat Jump 5 reps
Perform each exercise one after another for a total of 2 to 4 rounds.
Rest for 60-90 seconds after you complete every exercise once.
*if any exercise feels too easy, you can make it harder by doing in with single leg/single arm and also slowing it down then pausing for 5 seconds at the hardest part of the movement.
Glute Bridge – 10-20 reps
Close Grip Push Up – 10-20 reps
Split Squat – 10-20 reps each leg
Front Plank – 30-60 seconds
If you use the above routine, then simply progress by adding an extra rep or two each time you do it.
The most important thing to focus on is your technique and learning the movements that will set your body up with a good foundation for athleticism on the pitch.
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