Weight training practitioners were shocked by recent comments from English Premiere League coach Maurizio Sarri, where he claimed to ban his players from lifting weights.
Those controversial statements emphasized the apparent disconnect between the prevailing “old-school” mindset in soccer training and current perspectives on strength and resistance training.
What approach can be taken in reconciling these two different takes on athletic training?
More importantly, does weight training really have a role in the world of soccer?
On today’s episode, I share my insights on both the coach’s comments and how weight training plays a crucial role in soccer preparation. I discuss why we need to set aside our biases whenever we are presented with statements that run contrary to our beliefs, as well as some of the questions that we need to ask in order to see the other side’s perspective more clearly.
And I also share the story of how one of my soccer players for the Indy XI consistently improved his performance and got stronger over the course of three years with a smart strength and conditioning program.
If you can open up those lines of communication and have better dialogue with those practitioners that you come in contact with, that’s how we can take our field and industry to the next level. – Mike Robertson
This week on The Physical Preparation Podcast:
- The controversial quotes from Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri that got weight training aficionados talking.
- The questions that must be asked when contextualizing such statements.
- Overcoming your own biases when it comes to fitness and staying open to new approaches.
- Whether or not it is true that “nobody does weights” in soccer training — and if the same applies to resistance training.
- A brief look at the differences between American football and American soccer.
- How proper strength and resistance training can make a massive impact with regard to health.
- The story of a pro athlete whose decision to train more seriously improved his game over the course of three years.
- How strength and resistance training early on can benefit an athlete as they approach the end of their career.
- The term “weights,” and why it is so polarizing.
- The ways in which soccer culture gets physical preparation culture wrong.
- The importance of sprinting to soccer players.
- A surefire recipe for a soccer fitness regime that builds strength and considers the 7 Rs of program design without the need for weight training.
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