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Barrieu: “Nothing’s Worse Than a Generic Program”

Pierre Barrieu has been the US Men's National Team strength and conditioning coach since 2002. Originally from Thionville, France, Pierre is a former professional team handball player. He now holds a Masters in Sports Science as well as a number of coachi...
Soccer Warmup

Soccer Warmup

Circulation Before any type of exercise, start with a light massage to the poorly circulated parts of the body like the ankles, calves and arms. This is especially important in cold weather. The active warmup should begin with 8-10 minutes of light jogg...

Treating Soccer Injuries

Soccer injuries can be very frustrating, especially when untreated. Not being able to play at 100 percent can affect the morale of a player so remember that patience is key when treating and recovering from injuries. Types of soccer injuries When...

Nutrition and Diet

Eating the wrong thing can affect your fitness quite dramatically. Try to consume carbohydrate-rich meals two to three days prior to an upcoming game. It is recommended to stay away from fried, fatty or spicy foods within 24 hours of kick-off. To make sur...

Aerobic Training

During aerobic activity, your body supplies the muscles with most of the oxygen lost during work. The muscles require oxygen for the oxidation of fat and carbohydrates. In order to maintain this balance and keep the muscles supplied with oxygen, the rate...

Anaerobic Training

Any short, intensive activity between 70-100% of the maximum heart rate is considered anaerobic. "Anaerobic" literally means: "without air". During anaerobic exercise the body supplies itself with energy from stored sources (like Glycogen) as opposed to o...

Stretching Exercises

Obliques (External & Internal Oblique) Trunk rotation Trunk-sided bend Back (Latissimus Dorsi & Teres Major) Buttock (Gluteus Maximus, Medius & Minimus) The muscles on your buttocks (glutes) wo...

How the Muscles Work

Types of muscles About 35% of the body's weight is attributed to muscle. Muscle tissue is generally categorized into three types: Cardiac muscles are only found in the heart and make short, rhythmic contractions. These muscles are "visceral" or cont...

Speed and Agility Training

Speed training is all about stressing your muscles to the max so it's vital to rest after each session. Muscles regenerate on the day after the actual exercise, so workouts should be limited to 2-3 times per week at most. Speed training is best performed...

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