· It is my feeling that strength training has had the greatest effect on the improvement of athletic performance, more than any other variable.
1. It provides the power behind every movement.
2. Because of the role it plays in protecting the Footballer from injury.
· Stronger muscles enable a Footballer to hand ball and kick farther, hit the ball harder, tackle harder and not get knocked off the ball so easily.
The problems seem to stem from:
1. Faulty training techniques, which limit results and contribute to injuries, and
2. Lack of understanding built on long list of myths and superstitions, such as what is the right way to build strength? How often should I train? Which methods should you use? What exercises are best?
How can one distinguish between Fact and Folly?
This presentation was put together to answer these questions and provide Football players with some basic guidelines to use in establishing sound strength training knowledge and programs.
I will present 6 basic strength training principles
Strength training must be progressive: you should constantly attempt to increase the resistance or repetitions in every workout.
(Force your body to use its reserve ability; it forces muscle to get stronger).
Sub principle 1.1 – In general best results will occur when repetitions are kept in the 8 to 12 range.
If you perform less than 6 reps, of an exercise, little in roads are made into your reserve ability.
Sub principle 1.2 when you can perform 8-10 reps in good form increase the resistance by 5%, in that exercise at the next workout.
Sub principle 1.3 Never terminate a set simply because a certain number of reps have been completed.
Sub principle 1.4 –Training should be done to build strength, not to demonstrate it; therefore how much you can lift for one rep should be avoided. (Don’t throw a weight or jerk a weight it will damage connective tissue)
THE CORNERSTONE OF STRENGTH TRAINING IS PROGRESSION, OR CONSTANTLY TRYING TO INCREASE THE WORKLOAD AT EACH TRAINING SESSION.
The building of strength is related to the intensity of exercise; the higher the intensity, the better the muscles are stimulated.
Sub principle 2.1- The set that is terminated prior to the point of failure, will not involve the maximum number of muscle fibres.
Sub principle 2.2- If one decreases the intensity of effort, a reduction in results will occur.
Example of working hard or hard training- is the last 2 reps of an exercise are very hard to perform in good style.
HIGH INTENSITY OF MUSCULAR CONTRACTION IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN EXERCISE PERFORMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF INCREASING MUSCULAR STRENGTH.
THAT IS WHY your workouts are supervised.
Each repetition should be performed with special attention given to a slow speed of movement, a great range of movement, and pre stretching of the involved muscles.
Sub principle 3.1- The speed of movement must not be too fast, or too slow. Reps performed in a slow smooth manner, apply steady force throughout the entire movement. (2 to 3 seconds up)
Sub principle 3.2- Special attention should be given to the lowering portion (eccentric contraction) of all exercises.
(4 to 6 seconds down)
Sub principle 3.3- Jerky movements should be avoided at all costs.
3 to 4 times the actual; weight is directed on the muscles and joints if we jerk or throw a weight.
Sub principle 3.4- The range of movement from full extension to full flexion of each rep should be as great as possible.
LIFTING A WEIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH, REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT. HOW YOU LIFT A WEIGHT IS A FACTOR OF GREATER IMPORTANCE.
REMEMBER: TAKE APPROXIMATELY 2 SECONDS TO RAISE A WEIGHT AND 4 SECONDS TO LOWER A WEIGHT. I PREFER TO REST THE WEIGHT FOR 2 SECONDS AT THE BOTTOM, BEFORE RAISING AND 2 SECONDS AT THE TOP BEFORE LOWERING. THIS CREATES GOOD FORM , AND FAR LESSENS THE CHANCE OF INJURY.
Exercise should be selected that involve the greatest range of movement of the major muscle groups.
Sub principle 4.1- The greater mass of muscle involved the greater the value of the exercise. For example the Squat, Dead lift, Chin up, Dip, Press, Bench press, Lat Pull downs. (Compound exercises, which involve rotation of two or more joints, the standing press involve movement around the elbow and shoulder joint).
The following exercises, grouped by muscle group and equipment, are applicable to most strength training programs, such as the program the West Football Club are using.
Buttocks/lower back ---- Squat /Trap Bar Dead lift, Leg Press, Hyper extension
Quadriceps-------------- Squat, Leg press, Leg Extension.
Hamstrings ------------Squat, Leg press, Leg Curl.
Calves-------------------Calve Raises, Leg Press
Latissimus dorsi----------Chin up, Pull down on lat machine, rowing
Deltoids --------------------Press, forward raise, side raise.
Pectorals -------------------Bench Press, Parallel dips,
Biceps--------------------- Curl, chin up.
Forearms ----------------Wrist curl, wrist roller
Abs--------------------------Sit up, side bend, leg raise.
Neck--------------------- Neck harness, tension using ball.
Increases in strength are best produced by very brief and infrequent training.
Sub principle 5.1 -- High intensity training must be very brief. It is impossible to have both high intensity exercise and a large amount of exercise. Many Footballers / Athletes make the mistake of performing far too many exercises, to many sets, to many workouts in a given period of time. (Total recovery between workouts becomes impossible)
Sub principle 5.2---- Seldom perform more than 1 set of any exercise in the same training session.
Sub principle 5.3----- A well supervised, (as we do) properly conducted, strength training session should not exceed 30 minutes.
WFC program 1# of B Press, Dips, Chins, Lat Pull downs, Squats,
C raises, Abs and neck 8 exercises performed to the limit, of one all out set per exercise will take no longer than 30 minutes, and covers the whole body.
Sub principle 5.4 -----There should be at least 48 hours rest between high intensity workouts, sometimes longer. Strength training breaks the muscle tissue down and you need give it time to replenish and grow. Do not exhaust the nervous system by training to hard and to long. Less is always best.
Sub principle 5.5 -----An advanced trainee does not need more exercise than a beginner; he needs harder exercise and in most cases less exercise.
DURING THE OFF SEASON TRAIN TWICE AWEEK, DURING THE SEASON A PLAYER/ATHLETE NEEDS ONE HARD SESSION A WEEK OR TWICE ONE WEEK AND ONE THE NEXT WEEK, TO KEEP AND INCREASE THE STRENGTH GAINED DURING THE OFF SEASON.
Strength training : advantages for football
1. Increases all round physical toughness and hardihood.
2. Supreme health and confidence builder.
3. Correct training improves flexibility.
4. Strengthens joints and connective tissue.
5. Improves speed (muscle can contract quicker).
6. Improves balance and c o ordination.
7. Improves performance on the field.
8. Reduces and protects against injury.
9. To intimidate a strong, strength trained Footballer, who has reached his potential in strength, is not a good move.
Boxing training : Advantages for Football
1. Builds confidence for physical; contact
2. Teaches quick decision making
3. Excellent conditioner
4. Like strength training is a great health builder.
Strength and Boxing training is conducted at the Club Gym .
· Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5pm till 7pm
· Strength workouts take 30 minutes, boxing 15 minutes Total workout time 45 minutes to an hour.
“If you keep doing what you have always done”
“You will always get what you always had”