Seeing as I’ve spent my whole life as a footballer, be it professional or semi-professional, I thought I’d start this blog off with some basic football fitness tips to get you in shape for your next match.
Now, you might play on Saturdays, Sundays, or just kick about with your mates on a Monday night, but whatever your level there are some basic fitness tips for you to follow.
- Speed work. Shuttle runs and quick feet drills are best for this. Most sprints in a game last for no more than 15 metres so tailor your drills to mirror a real-life game situation.
- Muscular endurance. Specifically relating to the lower body, the ability to keep your muscles working deep into injury time is essential for the modern day footballer. Strength and endurance training is the staple of every professional footballer so make sure you factor a good deal of this into your weekly workout regime.
- Stretching. The fashion in the modern game is for dynamic stretching, but I’m a little old fashioned and still like to go through all the basic static stretches. Work your muscles from the ground up so you don’t miss any out, paying particular attention to your achilles, calfs, groins, hamstrings and quads.