Strength training for more stability, explosive movement and fighting strength
You can’t win a football match without technique and tactics. After all, physical fitness plays a key role. Athletic and fitness training is part and parcel of national football teams and professional clubs. There is often a lack of understanding when it comes to how important athleticism is in football.
Football is a complex sport with a wide range of requirements. Football-specific athletics training should therefore cover multiple areas. With targeted mobilisation, you can prepare your joints and muscles for the training session. The strengthening part focusses on functional movement patterns. Include all of your muscle groups. Don’t forget the core muscles. Your core is at the heart of every movement. Non-stable core = no power.
Carry out three repetitions per exercise during strength and stability training for football. Keep the rest period to 30-60 seconds.
Integrate your athletics workout for footballers 2-3 times a week into your other sports activities.
03 Core stability
The first part of an athletics workout for footballers involves mobilisation. Using so-called movement preps, you can optimally prepare your body for the upcoming strength workout. We particularly want to stretch the front side of the body. This is often tense among footballers due to high strain.
Knee on one leg and place the BLACKROLL® under your back thigh. Lift your upper body and pull your belly button in towards your spine.
Start in a kneeling lunge position and place the SUPER BAND® around your thigh. You should be pulling from the side. Stretch your back leg behind you and lift your chest.
Start by lying down on your side. Bend the knee of your upper leg 90 degrees. Place the BLACKROLL® under the knee of your bent leg to stabilise your pelvis for the following mobilisation exercise.
Strength training is an important part of athletics training for footballers. The main focus for footballers is the leg muscles. You should also work on your upper body. This will help to increase your power and speed. Take around 30-60 seconds’ rest in between exercises.
Lie on your back and place the BLACKROLL® LOOP BAND around your knee. Straighten out your leg. Slowly lift your pelvis. Your thigh and upper body should form a straight line. Slowly return to the starting position.
Start in a push-up position with your feet on the BLACKROLL®. Maintain core tension without letting your pelvis sink. Bend your elbows and lower your upper body. Then, return to the starting position.
Stand hip-width apart on the BLACKROLL® SUPER BAND. Place the other end on your shoulders and cross your hands over. Keep your upper body upright and squat down as far as you can go.
Strictly speaking, stability training is also part of strengthening. However, core stabilisation is so important that it has earned a separate category. We’ve put together a selection of stabilisation exercises for footballers in the following. Take around 30-60 seconds’ rest in between exercises.
Start by resting on your forearms and place the BLACKROLL® underneath them. Ensure that your core is engaged and hold the plank position without letting your pelvis sink.
Attach the BLACKROLL® SUPER BAND at knee height. Move into a side plank and grip the ends of the band with your free hand. Pull it closely towards your body and then back to the front again.
Attach a BLACKROLL® SUPER BAND to a fixed object. Grip the band with both hands and kneel on one leg. The band should now be under tension.