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  • Instant Training Improvement Tips: Success on the Pitch, part 2

    Posted on June 20, 2012 by John Davies

    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
    • Agility
    • Linear Speed
    • Strength
    • 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:

     

    1. Movement generation
    2. Range of motion development
    3. The lack of training that emphasises the ability to maintain proper postural alignment under duress
    4. 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.

     

    opening sequence of RED2

     

    opening sequence of DMC™

     
    Static range of motion

    “STS” model from the Renegade FIX™
    How to perform the “STS” model from the Renegade FIX™

     
    Tammy Bravomalo discusses her supplement stack.

     

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    Top photo Tammy Bravomalo

    John Davies is available on his personal page on Facebook , Renegade Training™’s, Google+, Renegade Training™ on Google+ as well as or Twitter.

     

    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.

     

    Disclaimer
    The information provided in “Instant Training Improvement Tips”, as well as this web-site blog is intended for informational and educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice for any condition. Always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. By reading this disclaimer, you hereby agree and understand that the information provided in this column is not medical advice and relying upon it shall be done at your sole risk.


    This post was posted in Instant Training Improvement Tips, John Davies and was tagged with Voetbal, Soccer, Fútbol, Fußball, Football, Calcio

  • Success on the Pitch, part one

    Posted on June 14, 2010 by John Davies

    Whether you refer to it as Fútbol, Football, Soccer, Fußball or Calcio, the "Beautiful Game" is one of the worlds most demanding sports from both a vantage of skillful play, tactical knowledge and athletic demand. Unfortunately television coverage does not do it justice and much of the intricacies are lost to the casual viewer. The remarkable vision to develop a pattern of movement or defend, the ability to simply pull down a volley or one touch pass up the pitch and the fitness levels to press forward for ninety minutes in a endless series of quick stops and starts is easily missed.

    Inefficient fitness levels in Football will detonate a young boleiros development instantly and while the vision of joyous play can never minimized, proper conditioning must be instituted. Given that it is not out uncommon for a player to log 12-15,000 metres in a match, a lean well conditioned athlete is a obvious requirement but equally one that is prepared for explosive short bursts. Training for the pitch, must recognize this is not a slow methodical jog but an thousands of short, tight, explosive runs.

    The most direct way to review fitness levels is aerobic capacity, which is the maximum capacity to transport and utilize oxygen during increased exercise measured in millilitres per kilogram of body weight per minute (ml/kg/min). There are significant weaknesses is considering VO2 max, however as a general guide it is likely the most efficient manner in broad testing circumstances.

    The easiest method I find to estimate VO2 max was developed by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper using a common twelve-minute run test, where the individual runs the greatest possible distance during the period. Measuring the distance (in meters) on a maximal twelve-minute run, VO2 max (in ml/min/kg) is calculated with distance covered in twelve minutes.

    Although I do not use the distance runs that most will, highly specific sprint intervals and general physical preparation work will equate to desired results. With my most basic guideline, VO2 max needs to be a minimum of 53 (i.e. two mile run in 12 minutes) with a preferred base of 65 (i.e. three mile run in 15.33 in minutes) for players with greater upside.

    Part two in "Success on the Pitch" will review methods to improve fitness levels as well as build upon approaches for maximal speed development

    Prepared by John Davies

    Photo of John Davies, copyright protected Renegade Style 2010

    John Davies is available on his personal page on Facebook , Renegade Training™’s as well as or Twitter.

    John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle.

    Disclaimer
    The information provided in “Instant Training Improvement Tips”, as well as this web-site blog is intended for informational and educational purposes only and should it be interpreted as medical advice for any condition. Always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. By reading this disclaimer, you hereby agree and understand that the information provided in this column is not medical advice and relying upon it shall be done at your sole risk


    This post was posted in John Davies and was tagged with Soccer, Fútbol, Fußball, Football, Fitness, Calcio, Athlete

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