Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fernando Torres and Functional Strength Training

There are at least two issues when designing strength training for elite players 1) transformation of strength gains achieved in the gym in the actual play in the field, 2) preparing exercises that are specific for the muscle action and the speed achieved in football. Classic weight training and exercises, like squats, may not be very effective in improving power in the field.

Modern approaches using mainly players' body weight have been developed. Benefits are: 1) specificity of movement and muscle action, 2) training can be performed anywhere.

Below you can view 2 links on functional strength training.

Fernardo Torres doing functional training

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