Many people in soccer, whether they are coaches trainers, or players, have misconceptions about soccer fitness. Often times, these misconceptions come from a lack of understanding. One of the most important aspects of soccer conditioning is aerobic conditioning. The right aerobic conditioning program will enable a soccer player to get the most out of every soccer training session. Not only does a high-quality aerobic conditioning program to improve a soccer player’s endurance and strength, it also helps them to maintain that level of conditioning through the soccer season.
Studies into the physical demands of soccer have proven that even middle fielders can move up to 11 kilometers or eight miles during a 90-minute match (watch the graphic below). A soccer fitness regime needs to be constructed around building a strong aerobic base. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, but the most effective method is to incorporate cardiovascular exercises into your soccer fitness program. There are several different cardio workouts that can be done during soccer training, but the one key factor that makes them all very effective is their ability to improve a players stamina and strength levels while improving their aerobic conditioning.
When done correctly, a cardio workout like interval sprints can be one of the most efficient forms of exercise to improve your soccer fitness. Interval sprints build up the muscles in the legs and lower body very quickly, as well as improving your stamina and strength at the same time. They are great for those who aren’t able to train much for soccer, or for those who are unfamiliar with sprinting styles. It’s no wonder why interval sprints are among the most popular exercises for upper body strength and power in soccer.