- Technical Skill-Training Warm-Up (Juggling, Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, Turning, First Touch)
- Ab Workout (15x25) - (Non-Stop - 15 Ab Exercises, 25 Reps, No Stopping)
- Flat-Bench Barbell Bench Press (1x10, 1x8, 1x6, 1x4)
- Iso-Lateral Incline Press (1x12, 1x10, 1x8*, 1x8, 1x16*, 1x10) - (*'s are Rotating Individual Arms)
- Reverse-Grip Barbell Curls (3x10)
- Barbell Wrist Curls - Behind The Back (2x12, 1x10)
- Flat-Bench Dumbbell Flies (3x10) - (Increase Weight Each Set)
- Foam Roll & Stretch
Short and sweet today. I'm leaving for Oklahoma tomorrow and don't want to be too sore for training. It's really important not to over-train and burn out right before the start of a season. Here was my workout from today:
So first off, here was this morning's shoulder / traps strength training and technical session:
In yesterday's post I mentioned that I would explain the technical skill-training portion of the workout. I thought it would be easy to find videos online of the drills that I do on a regular basis, but it was a lot harder than I expected to find the drills I wanted to show you all. It looks like I might have to make some of my own videos. But until then, check out Online Soccer Academy's training videos that are featured on our website (TrueStudentAthletes.com) for some ideas. The founder and former pro soccer player, Jared Montz, does a great job of providing a variety of different skill-training videos for players of all ages and levels of play.
I spent a majority of my training session today focusing on my technical workout. The more touches on the ball the better. Spent about an hour of strictly ball work. Tomorrow I will go into more detail of exactly what my technical skill-training includes. Here is the workout:
So I had planned to wake up early this morning, just like every other day, to train before going to work. Unfortunately something out of the ordinary disrupted my morning routine. A situation arose that was very unexpected and it immediately transformed my entire day. I had to reschedule all of my plans, including my morning workout. I spent a majority of my day attending to the situation at hand before I even had a chance to get some work done. My workout was pushed all the way back to 5 pm. I tend to avoid going to the gym anywhere between 5-7 pm at all costs because, as many gym-goers know, it is absolutely packed during this time of the today. I ended up having to improvise and cut my strength training session short to accommodate my other plans for the day.
The ability to deal with adversity, learn from it, make adjustments, and put it all behind you is one of the most important character traits in the makeup of an athlete. You could be the most talented and gifted athlete in the world, but if you are not all there mentally and do not know how to cope the right way with negative situations, then good luck finding a coach and teammates that will put up with you.
Getting things done and succeeding when there is an unanticipated change of plans is an example of a mature and responsible athlete.
The most prominent example that comes to mind of an attempt to deal with adversity gone wrong was in 2012 when an England Men's National Team World Cup Qualifier vs. Poland was delayed for 20 hours and players who had taken caffeine pills before the anticipated start of the game had sleeping issues that night. These players were given sleeping pills to get some rest, but many spectators and commentators felt that those players looked very groggy and underperformed during the match.
Attached below is my revised workout from today. The strength training portion was limited by time and equipment usage:
In the most extreme situations, I would suggest always having a workout or training session planned that can be completed at home.
Below you can find my workout from this morning. In future posts I will elaborate on the technical & skill-training aspects and give further explanations and examples, but for today I am just going to throw it all up here for you to take a look at:
Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Hey everyone. My name is Josh Danza, and this is the first post of my new blog that will be giving you an inside look at my life as a professional soccer player. Expect posts regarding training, nutrition, cool videos & links, sports psychology, and miscellaneous soccer-related material.
(For my background and playing history, click here.)
Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!
Professional Soccer Player, Scout, & Coach.