Football is a sport that requires strength, speed, endurance, and agility. While on-field training can certainly develop these attributes, many players don’t know that working out in the gym can further enhance their performance. E-Sports International looks at some workouts that can help take your football skills to the next level.
Football requires a lot of running and sprinting on the field, making cardiovascular workouts a key factor in increasing endurance during practice sessions and matches. Aside from improving stamina, gym equipment like treadmills and bikes can also strengthen and tone the legs–the bread and butter of any football player. Cardio workouts also help athletes maintain their body weight so they remain agile on the field.
Another key factor in football is strength, and resistance training can improve an athlete’s kicking power, leg strength, and overall physique. Resistance training also facilitates stronger muscle development, reducing injury risk, especially the knee joint–the bane of many players. Since football puts a lot of strain in the upper body too, players should also strengthen the chest area, abdomen, and lower back through resistance training.
Athletes can train on plate-loaded gym equipment to perform classic strength exercises like the bench press, squats, and leg press. Innovative cable-based modular equipment from Technogym’s Plurima line allows you to work on your entire body, from your shoulders, to your core, and even your legs. You can also grab some free weights like dumbbells and do a few sets of bicep curls or tricep extensions.
It also pays to build the muscles in your biceps, triceps, shoulders, core, thigh, and legs. This is because the upper body muscles balance out the lower body as the player runs around the field.ore muscles provide primary support and stamina,while the thighs and the legs power sprinting, running, and power kicking.
To target all these muscles, it’s important to invest in a versatile range of exercise equipment. For instance, Technogym’s Selection line has over 20 different equipment so athletes can target their legs, abductors, glutes, lower back, and abdominal muscles, among others.
As you can see, being a good football player involves more than just getting on-field practice. By complementing your practice sessions with gym workouts, you have a better shot at winning your next match.
If you or your team wants to know more about Technogym products and other fitness equipment, contact E-Sports today.
Photo 1 from Ronnie Macdonald via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Photos 2, 3, 4 from Technogym