Balancing In-Season Strength Training

I recently did an interview on soccer training where I was asked how to balance strength training in-season with the demands of game readiness. Here’s my answer…

You have to be quite careful balancing the need to maintain strength and power in the gym with the need to perform on the field. There are really a couple things I try to do to make this happen. First I push for regular and frequent weight training.

Repeated exposure to a training stimulus (stress) is the number one way to reduce soreness from that stress. The second thing I do is careful manipulation of volumes and intensities for each player so that they are never handling inappropriate loads for their current fitness state. Third, I try to hide ?maintenance stimuli? in to warmups, sprint training and cooldowns.

While none of these training loads are significant by themselves, their summed effect over the course of time is better strength and power maintenance when we?re not able to make it in to the weight room due to games or travel. This also helps to reduce soreness when they inevitably return to being able to do dedicated strength training in a weight room.

You can read the full interview here.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.