If you really want to get ultra-fit in ways that see your core strength and cardio-vascular fitness improve – without simultaneously getting bigger or obviously muscled in an way – then try football training.
You can hardly move these days without hearing, reading or watching something about football – and particularly the English Premier League and the Champions League games. Media coverage for Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and all the other English clubs just seems to be wall to wall. But even if you have no interest in the sport whatsoever – have you ever stopped to think about just how fit the top players are?
In short – they’re ultra-fit. Top-level players can expect to run around 7-8 miles over the course of a game – much of that in short bursts. And as they run, they also have to be powerful to shrug off tackles, make tackles, jump for headers and all the rest of it – yet they’re almost all slight an slim these days (except for the goalkeepers).
There’s a strong case for saying the top-level footballers are the fittest athletes on the planet. This is a bit of a moot point as it’s a certain type of fitness. But they’re certainly up there and it’s that specific type of fitness many women would be interested in for their own shapes regardless of where they have any interest at all in the beautiful game.
That said, some interest helps. So the next time there’s a big game on and you’re other half is glued; join him and watch the players, and think how fit they must actually be to do what they do. To really get your interest going, try indulging in a little football betting before the game begins and using one of the may free bet offers you see around the web with major bookmakers like Bet365 and others.
This will help get you interested, but in particular, it will really help you appreciate the level of fitness involved.
Specifically, footballers need endurance, speed and strength. Yet at the same time, they’re light. So to get fit for football, do a lot of steady roadwork but intersperse this with bursts of full on sprinting for around 10-15 seconds at a time as long as you can manage it.
In the gym, concentrate mainly on exercises that use your own bodyweight such as pull-ups, press –up, squats and lunges. Do a lot of stretching work and when you do use the weights, go for high reps and low weights. Remember, you want to be leaner, fitter and stronger for football, but not bigger.
The best way to get going is to follow one of the many online football training programmes available on the web, and/or the apps, and then to adapt that programme to a regimen that suits you.
If you follow a good football-training programme – you will get supremely fit in ways other types of exercise don’t quite manage. You may even get to enjoy watching the game – or maybe even feel like having a go at playing yourself – and that will get you even fitter.
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