“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” -John Wooden
I have been testing you all this past week and many have failed. As you probably have noticed, I did not make any posts over the past week. This was done purposely to test your response, commitment, and ability to "figure it out". For those who continued to train and refer back to previous posts, I commend you and have noted your commitment. Being a professional does not just mean that you are a talented player. Your actions, discipline, and person you are off the field play an even bigger role in your development and success as a professional.
Video of the Day:
Over the next few days I will be posting a series of videos documenting the U.S. National Team's journey to Brazil. This collection of videos presents an inside look on the determination, preparation, discipline, and other day-to-day activities that members of the U.S. National Team must submit themselves to. If this does not motivate you, I don't know what will.
- Have fun with the ball for 5-10 minutes before starting.
- Dynamic Warm Up
- 10 Minute Run - Incorporate side shuffle, back-peddle, and diagonal movements.
- 3000 Touches & Footwork - 1500 Right, 1500 Left - Dribble & juggle, practice turning with all surfaces of your feet, build your confidence on the ball, keep the ball close to your body, maintain control of the ball. Focus on your footwork,ability to change direction quickly, sprint with the ball at your feet, and balance throughout. This is all meant to work on your touch and comfort on the ball. Whether the ball is in the air or on the floor, develop your touch and ability to control the ball. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!
- 300 Core, 100 Push-Ups - Any combination exercises adding up to 300 ab reps and 125 push-ups. Intervals of 25 per exercise work great.
- Have fun with the ball for 10-15 minutes before cooling down - This is the perfect time to practice set-pieces and shooting.
- Cool Down & Static Stretching - Take this seriously! This is the first step in your recovery process and preparation for the next training session.
- This is just your individual training for the day. This is meant to supplement your existing training schedule and team training. If you are not currently training daily with a team, you should be looking for pick-up games or a group of talented, determined, and disciplined players that you can train with.
Make sure that you are eating healthy. Proper daily nutrition and overall body maintenance is key to your performance and recovery.
If you have any questions, please message me.
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