Whether it you refer to it as Soccer, Football, Futebol, Fútbol, Fußball, Voetbal, Calcio or in any other language, “the Renegade” protocols are a cornerstone in training circles of the Beautiful Game across the world. Though my work is seen from junior development programs to the highest levels in Europe and South America, general conditioning approaches in the sport are lagging far behind skill development and often, even at very high ranking clubs, is remarkably poor.
While there a multitude of reasons for this problem, typically the issues is centred with the lack of direct playing knowledge on the pitch by said conditioning coaches, limited educational services and of-course a commercial side that has distorted training procedures in order to sell a product.
From the start, training for the pitch is an exhausting measure and unlike any other major team sport given the extraordinary skill demands combined with physical requirements. The intricacies of the sport skill are so extraordinary that is near impossible to explain and appreciate unless you are dedicated to the sport as player, fan and of-course coach. The failing of many is thinking training for the pitch is akin to an algebraic solution and the summation of improved physical traits, as defined by testing day accomplishments, will result in a better player. Nothing can be further from the truth and the error of many who do not understand the technical, tactical and artistry of the game.
Football is unique sport where its artistry is timeless and the “language” of the beautiful game is without borders. Whether you are reminiscing of luminaries, Pelé, Eusébio, Diego Maradona or Roberto Baggio or the present day enganche mastermind Juan Román Riquelme, their abilities will resonate in every era but equally come from a developmental system that understood how preparation must directly target production on the pitch. This is important to understand given the amount of time that is often wasted within areas of little consequence and merely satisfies “exercise tests”. However along with the building of tactical genius and sporting skills, there equally must be sufficient time focused upon building explosive power, extraordinary fitness levels, pace and the ability to resist injury through exhausting season. Each of these ideas must be married at all times but once again, within the framework of knowing the finite subtle skills of sport.
This duality of coaching goals is unique as no other team sport needs to intricate weave technical, tactical and performance conditioning work as tightly as football. Quite frankly it is easy how the sport sits at the cornerstone of my theories on sport conditioning as it will be governed by the “Renegade Concepts of Training™”:
- Movements trained, not musculature
- Efficiencies of movement reinforced
- Motor patterning and grafting of movement
- Postural alignment is emphasised and perfected
- Stabilisation in the most destabilized training environments
- Adopt chaotic, rapidly changing conditions within daily training environments.
- Force developed such that it can be projected, accepted and redirected at maximal levels
These tenets are applied within a framework of the “Wheel of Conditioning™” which a well prepared athlete will divide training between
- Sport Skill
- Range of Motion, Static
- Range of Motion, Dynamic
- Linear Speed
- Work Threshold
This will be propelled around the hub of the love of the game and sufficient drive, determination and dedication. Each of these physical traits must be tempered with coaching leadership possessing extreme knowledge of sport specific skill which includes tactical development and ensuring they are implemented within the training regime. This is very important to understand as football is not a juggling contest or an endless series of set-pieces and crossovers as much of the present-day online marketing insinuates. Of tactical knowledge development, this is tremendously important to understand as work off the pitch, well outside of the gymnasium, will stress development of problem solving skills that require mathematical functioning and creativity.
Within much of the football ranks, looking from the higher levels of professional sport down to the academy programs, the greatest direct physical problems are within the following areas:
- Movement generation
- Range of motion development
- The lack of training that emphasises the ability to maintain proper postural alignment under duress
- Recovery from exhausting training and playing schedule.
These four major concerns, while they will be detailed in much greater length in the future are greatly limited with the correct daily use of RED2, DMC™, Hurdle mobility drills, STS™ and tumbling as well as Modern which I direct all my clubs to utilise.
“STS” model from the Renegade FIX™
How to perform the “STS” model from the Renegade FIX™
Tammy Bravomalo discusses her supplement stack.
Prepared by John Davies
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John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern BCAA+™, SuperCissus®, USPlabs PowerFULL® and USPlabs PRIME®, along with additional use of Yok3d®, USPlabs AP™ depending upon his training cycle.
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