10 Ways To Kick A Soccer Ball With Power
Part 2 – DIET AND EXERCISE
“Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere.” – Arsene Wenger
Tip 7 – Strengthening Your Body
OK, the first thing I should mention here is that strengthening your body is nowhere near as important as utilizing the correct technique when trying to generate more power in your passes and shots.
However, providing that you are putting the necessary time, effort and practice into improving and refining your technique, it would be wrong to think that strengthening your legs and core cannot add any extra power to your game.
Professional soccer coaches and players recognize this too, and it’s why so many players dread the duration of pre-season training, where the emphasis is on improved fitness, hours at the gym, and strict dietary regulations.
When it comes to really improving the power of your shots, the areas you want to focus your muscle-strengthening efforts on are:
• The Core Of Your Upper Body
• The Thighs
• The Hamstrings
• The Calves
• The Shins
• The Ankles
It is important to realize that you are not necessarily aiming to ‘bulk-up’ while strengthening these areas – you don’t see many successful soccer players with the build of Arnold Schwarzenegger, for instance.
Instead, the idea is to tone up these areas and add just a little muscle mass in the most relevant areas.
Think of explosive players renowned for generating great power from their soccer shots and you will likely list players such as Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Diego Costa and Karim Benzema – all stocky, powerful players who have invested significant time into improving the overall strength of their physique.