Even if you don’t like soccer, or “football” as it’s known in the rest of the world, you have to admit that the players look pretty good. Yes, ladies, they’re attractive, but if you’re into fitness, you can’t help but notice how lean and fit they are. Most of us aspire to that level of fitness.
Soccer players represent an elite group of professional athletes. That means they train on a different level than us regular folks. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be just as fit. So, how do we get soccer sexy?
We gathered some info from Dr. Scott Weiss, DPT, AT, CSCS, of Bodhizone for Human Performance & Sports Physical Therapy who gave us five tips for strengthening that will help us get the results of our favorite World Cup pros:
5 Tips for Strengthening
It is important to focus on total body, multi-joint exercises. These can include the squat and press or lunge and twist. “Squats and lunges are beneficial because they work numerous muscles at once. Doing them properly may feel a little bit awkward at first, but tightening your abs will engage even your core and help keep you balanced,” explains Dr. Weiss.
According to Dr. Weiss, Olympic weightlifting is a steadfast way to become more powerful. Exercises called the snatch and the clean and jerk may seem daunting, but with practice and an experienced spotter you will definitely see and feel results
Core work is not only easy to do, but will also help you with your other exercises, as mentioned above. Dr. Weiss recommends exercises such as windshield wipers and v-ups, which can be done virtually anywhere!
Soccer players don’t only use their muscles to lift, but to propel them across the field. Running not your forte? Become a stronger runner by incorporated interval training. “Use 30-50m to start, and work your way up to 75-100m,” says Dr. Weiss.
“Remember to include a 1:2 work to rest ratio, or reverse that for HIT Training.”
As with any fitness goal, you will see the best results by keeping your workouts varied to avoid redundancy and muscle exhaustion. “To keep things fun while still working the right muscles, you should cross train by switching up your activities,” Dr. Weiss advises. Luckily for us, there are many fun options! “Swimming, biking, running, kayaking and rock climbing will all aid in soccer performance in some way.”
So there you have it! Strength training with interval training is key to getting lean and fit like the soccer pros. While you may never play in a World Cup game, you can still score with these workout tips.
Whoever you’re rooting for, make sure you’re always on #TeamFitness.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,