Soccer players need to constantly work out so they can be in peak shape. But just like everyone else, there are times they’re unable to do so. Working out at home is an option for them, too. Here are alternative exercises that mirror soccer players’ training.
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Strength and conditioning
Some exercises rely only on body weight, so there’s no need to go to the gym to use special equipment. Drills like planks and pushups can strengthen many body parts—arms, shoulders, thighs, legs, and abs. Lunges and squats can be done in different ways (jumping lunges, side squats) to target different leg muscles. It only takes around 30 seconds to a minute to do these quick exercises.
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Ball control and mastery are skills that can be done at home. Dribbling and juggling drills as well as moving the ball with knees, chest, and head are useful exercises that can be taken to the field.
Plyometrics consists of a lot of jumping, hopping, and kicking—which can be done at home. Though space is an issue, plyometrics can be improvised by putting empty boxes or steps as drill markers. Some even use kiddie tables for these.