Soccer fever is in the air. Watching all those men, run around behind that one glorious, shiny ball; in those wet green stadium grounds – quite the adrenalin kick, eh? Well, we know why you watch football. You’re a guy! It’s one of the things we do!
But ever wondered why women watch football? Ask your girlfriend, wife, sister or colleague; and the answer is most likely to be the same – “Have you seen those men in shorts? They’re HOT!” Well, if you do manage to find a woman who actually watches the matches because she understands terms like crack back block, then pass her onto us! Everyone deserves a female friend like her.
Getting back to the point, why and how is it that these men have such great bods? Is it because they’re running around and playing the game all the time? NO. It’s due to smart training that they’re into. Want to have a body like these soccer stars? Read on.
CLINT DEMPSEY – MIDFIELDER speaks on ENDURANCE
If you’re a recreational athlete, you need not train the way these guys train. You could start out with 15 second long 110 meter sprints. Do five sets of these, while giving yourself 30 seconds of active recovery time. You will be able to feel your stamina increase after a while, and you can gradually step things up. Reducing the recovery time later on will feel great!
JOZY ALTIDORE – STRIKER speaks on SPEED
It is accepted knowledge that tight muscles can’t help you perform. In order to get the full use of a muscle out, you got to try and loosen it first. Once you’re a little more flexible, it’ll be easier to perform any sort of exercise; plus, you’ll see the benefits faster. The U.S. Soccer teams’ warm-up has been designed in such a way that 20 exercises are done back-to-back. This warm-up routine can be used for any sport or activity. The intensity, however, should vary depending on its recipients. High knees, backpedals, carioca, reverse lunges, single-leg hops, forward and backward jumps, and lateral bounds are just some of the exercises used in this routine.
OGUCHI ONYEWU – ESSENTIAL FORCE speaks on STRENGTH
Let those big muscles explode
Believe it or not, the man still takes us back to the place that we’ve always been. The barbell squats. He recommends 3 to 5 repetitions. The trick, he says, lies in using only 85% of your 1 repetition maximum and don’t forget to give yourself around 90 seconds of recovery time in between repetitions.
Keep these fitness tips from the soccer kings in mind, while you step up to the bar the next time. Try hard, and you’d have women swooning over you as well. Worth the try, eh?