fitness

  1. How to Plan Training Sessions the Day Before a Game

    How to Plan Training Sessions the Day Before a Game
    Ideally, the human body needs 48 hours of recovery time after a particularly strenuous training session or match. Of course, that’s just not possible for professional athletes. But if you want your players to be fired up and energised on matchdays, you’ll need to give them a little recovery time the day before.  Easier said than done, right?  Not necessarily...
  2. Top Tips for Staying Match Fit for Football at Christmas

    Top Tips for Staying Match Fit for Football at Christmas
    Across Britain, football is a huge part of Christmas for players and fans alike. But if you’re a player, you have a responsibility to your coach and your teammates to maintain a reasonable level of fitness. Of course, this is easier said than done. There are hundreds of distractions and indulgences around at this time of year. While you don’t...
  3. 10 Ways Footballers Can Manage Fitness and Weight During the Christmas Period

    10 Ways Footballers Can Manage Fitness and Weight During the Christmas Period
    If you play football for a local team, the chances are you’ll be playing more than once during the Christmas period. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a few festive treats, but what you don’t want is to have your fitness levels and weight fall back. Being out of shape means you won’t be able to perform anywhere near...
  4. 10 Simple Exercises You Can Perform with Resistance Bands

    10 Simple Exercises You Can Perform with Resistance Bands
    Resistance bands are mobile, lightweight and versatile - making workouts at home or at work exceptionally easy. Whether you want to take your gym around with you or make the best use of tight spaces in your home, a set of resistance bands is the perfect addition to your fitness inventory. There are literally dozens of effective workouts possible with...
  5. How to Enjoy Christmas and Be Ready for the Remainder of the Season

    How to Enjoy Christmas and Be Ready for the Remainder of the Season
    The British football season is a long one, and Christmas is slap bang in the middle of it. As a regular player, you have a responsibility to your club and your teammates to look after yourself over the festive season period - but that’s often easier said than done. While controlling your weight during Christmas is vitally important, so is...
  6. Essential Warm-Up Routines for Pre-Match Preparations

    Essential Warm-Up Routines for Pre-Match Preparations
    Warming up your major muscle groups before the rigours of a competitive football match or training session is crucial. Properly warmed and stretched muscles not only reduce the risk of injury, they allow you to be at the top of your game from the moment the action starts. There are some very specific pre-match warm-up procedures you can follow in...
  7. Your Preparation Checklist for the Football Season Ahead

    Your Preparation Checklist for the Football Season Ahead
    The summer break provides footballers with a great opportunity to relax weary muscles, recharge the batteries and mentally recover from the rigours of a hard season. However, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that you will need to be prepared for the new season if you want to be at the peak of your powers when...
  8. 6 Ways to Stay Fit and Conditioned During the Summer Break

    6 Ways to Stay Fit and Conditioned During the Summer Break
    The summer is once again upon us, and for competitive footballers, it's time to relax, unwind and recover from the rigours of last season. But if you want to be anywhere near best when the new season kicks off, you'll need to start thinking about your summer health and fitness regime now. 1. Stay football fit It is one thing...
  9. 5 Ways Footballers Can Build Upper Body Strength

    5 Ways Footballers Can Build Upper Body Strength
    It is easy to become too occupied with leg power and strength as a footballer, but upper-body strength is equally as important. Strength and conditioning of the shoulders, back and arms is crucial to balance – something that impacts almost every facet of your game. Upper-body strength also affects your ability to protect the ball, or to wrestle opposition players...
  10. How to Stay Match-Fit at Christmas

    How to Stay Match-Fit at Christmas
    Whether you play for a local pub team or for your county, the festive season represents a time of temptation and bad lifestyle choices. Christmas parties usually mean alcohol and tasty treats are never far away, but that can spell disaster for your performance levels if you have a busy festive period of match action ahead. Too many footballers attempt...

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