Sample Off-Season Training Session with Collegiate Player

In the past year, the media team at my training center has been doing an incredible job chronicling many of the things that go on at Athletic Lab. This ranges from our professional development seminars to training vlogs of actual sessions. One of the most recent posts was of a now-collegiate player who I’ve had the player of working with for about 5 years. The frequency (3-5x / week), regularity (45+ weeks of the year) and duration of training that I had with her before she left for college allowed us to do things that most fitness coaches can’t do with soccer players. And the results of that dedication showed. When she left for college she held our high school facility record for the YoYo IR1 (48 shuttles – 1,960m) along with top marks in several speed and power tests (30m – 4.30 sec, squat – 98kg @ 55kg). She had a great first year at a prominent soccer university and recently returned from her first semester of college and resumed training with me over her Winter break. Here’s a vlog of one of the sessions from her Winter break that provides insight in to my focus on basic physical development, movement efficiency and how I prescribe load in an individual training setting.

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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.