This is a place to reminiscence about all those wonderful soccer workouts we have been subject to.
When I was about fifteen we got a new coach. One of his favourite workouts consisted of 4x50x30 meters, all done on asphalt. During the breaks we did time honoured plyometric exersises like “jumping in place with lactic acid pouring out of every muscle.” Strangely enough, that was the year my team stopped winning.
Must have been a coincidence.
This was the coach that ruined my career. Whenever we meet we never say hello. I just stare at him and he hides behind the dark shades he always wear.
Just because a workout is not optimal doesn’t mean that it fails to allow you to improve. I’m sure this workout is better than doing nothing. Overall, I’m sure your athleticism increased from training through these conditions.
Just because a workout is not optimal doesn’t mean that it fails to allow you to improve. I’m sure this workout is better than doing nothing.
No it isn’t.
Overall, I’m sure your athleticism increased from training through these conditions.
No it didn’t. My athletism was already “the stuff of legend”. Little kids lined up along the field to watch me play.
This coach wanted to transform me into something I wasn’t and God knows he succeeded. After he was through with me, I never became the same player again. I was just living off my previous accomplishments.
The thing with me was that I didn’t even realise I was good. I never thought in terms of good or bad, just fun and not fun. I was basically just an overgrown kid, with no ambition at all. Only after I quit (at nineteen) did I realise how good I could have been, because other people told me.
At age 33 I’m making a comeback though. In the summer I plan to try-out for some higher-ranked clubs. Of course, people think I’m crazy for believing I can pull this off, but that only makes it more fun trying.
Blame the coaches all you want, but the players should have a direct impact on what is being done. If the players aren’t completely gut-less they would talk to the coach and adjust the training regimen. The captains should do this. If it’s the other players that have a problem then they should talk to the captains and sort the whole thing out. There’s no need to be some little bitch whining behind a coaches back about the practices. You could have stepped-up and got the training situation corrected.
It looks like Thor is blaming his life problems on this whole situation.
a former team in the national rugby league that i worked for (sprints) in the late 1990’s had a head conditioner that came from the army’s SAS group.
we were in 2nd place for most of the season then 3 weeks prior to the semis decided a commando session would be good in the middle of winter in sydney harbour at NIGHT.
water around 10 degrees and some 3 hrs later after carrying boats, swimming ashore, running we preceeeded to have 3 players out for the weekend lost the game then from memory lost 3 of the next 4 games to miss out on the grand final in a year we should never have been beaten.
a year later he felt we werent fit enough so we had soft sand runs / walks/ crawls carrying 20ltr water bottles on each shoulder during the season.
the team never won a title despite having several rep players and are now not even in the competition anymore.