Sample Workout Routine
After reading all the information about the different training exercises for soccer players and working on our footwork skills, you’re probably wondering how you can combine them into a workout routine so you can get stronger and more flexible.
Well, if you are, then read on and take a look at some of the examples listed below. But remember, don’t be afraid to make modifications to your regimen. Each player is different! And if you have questions, consult a coach or trainer. Good luck!
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If you're looking for a sample soccer routine, then go here. Below is a routine focused on weight lifting and stretching exercies with ball work mixed in.
You can modify this schedule to what fits you best, as long as you incorporate all of these elements frequently. But it’s a good idea to avoid strength training your legs every day so that they have a chance to recover and rebuild the muscle fibers. On the days you’re not doing plyometrics, you can still weight train, but focus on the upper body. As for what and how much to work, try this workout, three sets each.
Day 1--> Stretching--> Sprints --> Plyometrics --> Weights (lower) --> Ball work --> Stretching
Day 2 --> Stretching --> Balance --> Shuttle run --> Ball work --> Sit-ups --> Pushups --> Weights (upper) --> Stretching
Day 3 --> Stretching --> Distance run --> Sprints --> Ball work --> Stretching
Day 4 --> Stretching --> Shuttle run --> Ball work --> Sit-ups --> Pushups --> Plyometrics --> Weights (lower) --> Stretching
Day 5 --> Stretching --> Balance --> Weights (upper) --> Distance run --> Sprint --> Ball work --> Stretching
Day 6--> Stretching --> Shuttle run --> Sit-ups --> Pushups --> Weights (optional) --> Ball work --> Stretching
Day 7--> Day Off
Upper body: Benchpress --> pec-fly/butterfly --> incline press --> lat pulldown --> compound row --> tricep extensions (cables or dumbbells) --> dips --> bicep curls --> concentration curls
Lower body: squats or leg press --> leg extension --> leg curls --> lunges --> abs --> calf raises
For more examples of lower body exercises, check out the section, Lift with Your Legs!
Also, you shouldn’t do plyometrics on a day you do long distance running. You don’t want to overexert your legs and possibly injure yourself. If the routine above gets boring, switch it up a bit to what best fits your body.
Balance exercises can easily be added to your training. Since most of these tend not to require a lot of physical strength and endurance, do them on a less strenuous day, or at a time of day when you feel your legs can handle them (preferably the morning).
TIP: You can never do enough skill work on the ball though! Make sure to get plenty of this in your daily routines, whether it’s through regularly scheduled practice or by working it further into your training regimen.
Really, if you want to play in college or professional soccer you will need to spend time with the ball everyday, whether it's juggling, dribbling or knocking the ball against a wall. If you want to play at a high level you love playing soccer anyway and will want to work with the ball everyday. Also, seek out pickup soccer games and try to play with players who are better than you. There are actual games you can play with better players the better.
NEW: Check out these soccer training session by position:
And then a training session to improve speed: