I have seen many players get injured in the first few days of pre-season.
Be smart in your off season... over prepare; but don't overwork.
After many months of hard work, pushing the limits and disciplined focus, EVERY ATHLETE needs the off season to rest, recover and prepare.
The goal in off season is to not begin training for personal bests or to kill yourself in the gym. The goal is to recover and then prepare the body to return to the pitch feeling fresh and ready to go.
My name is Lucas Kruel and I am a personal trainer of 30+ professional athletes worldwide. Over the years I have seen athletes over-train in the off season... which doesn't allow the body to recover and increases the risk of injury/exhaustion; and I have also seen athletes do absolutely nothing in the off season which can result in poor condition and a higher risk of injury.
I can't tell you the amount of times that I've seen an athlete injure a muscle once the pre-season sprint sessions begin.
So the off season needs to be a time that an athlete works on mental and physical recovery initially; then onto improving strength, resistance and stability; and finally maintaining a good fitness level while not overdoing it.
And that is what I will be helping you with today!
Read more: 6 Week Soccer Season Preparation Program
Why is off season training important?
Off season: 8 steps to success
1. Rest & recover (1-2 weeks)
2. Preparation (1 week)
3. Establish foundations (1 week)
Joints & Stability Workout
4. Increase intensity (1 week)
5. Bring back the ball (1 week)
6. Progressing to peak level (1 week)
Sprint and Ball Work
7. Pre-season focus (1 week)
Feel Like a Pro
8. Consistency is key (Pre-season)
Rest Day or Pre/Post Training Workout
Soccer season preparation program
Become the complete player with your new game plan
You want to show the world that you are a complete player? This 6 week program incorporates full body functional training, ball work and conditioning sessions to perfectly prepare you for your upcoming season. More info here.
I hope this knowledge can help you have a great off-season and guide you towards success in the coming season. Remember to progress through the steps at your own pace, enjoy the journey and be smart with your choices.
I wish you the best of luck in your preparation!