Strength and Fitness
Improving ‘Football Fitness’ requires the use and manipulation of various activities and games to produce an overload on the body. By gradually and progressively overloading the body within football-based activities the players bodies will adapt to the new stress. The ultimate goal is to have a team that can play at a high tempo from minute 1 to minute 90+.
This is the fourth of five installments from Coach Calabrese. He brings us two options for a great warm up for the day prior to a match. Duration is short, intensity is light, your players will be buzzing on the ball, and will get them thinking!
The following session was used by Mick McDermott of Al Nasr, Dubai, to progressively push the football fitness boundaries to a higher level while also developing a component of our playing style – playing quickly in front on regaining possession.
Here is the third of five installments from Coach Calabrese. The focus of your session for the day should be high speed running over distance. Try this medium- medium heavy intensity warm up ideal for 2-3 days out from match day. Prior installments focused on regeneration and agility. Add this sprint/distance warm up to your own personal library and try them with your teams on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week!
Here is Pete Calabrese’s second installment! If your objective for the day is a medium heavy-heavy load for your players then these are two great variations to do for warm up. Ideally these are done 3-4 days out from match day depending on what your periodization looks like for the week.
Pete Calabrese, Assistant Coach with the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, gives us two examples of what we can do with our teams the day after a match or two days after a match with a day off in between. These two warm up variations focus on regeneration with low-medium low intensity.
Damian Roden is currently Head of Sports Science at Stoke City F.C. of the English Premier League. His success at the highest levels has led him to be considered one of the top injury prevention fitness specialists in the Premier League and beyond.