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Swissball Circles

Core strength is at the center of any conditioning program. There are entire books dedicated to strengthening your abs. However, since kicking isn’t done while on your back, Sprague The Leg encourages creativity in this area. Any gym has Swissballs, … Continue reading

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Revelations vs. Resolutions

Yes it’s already March 2011, and how many of you are still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? This point isn’t made to make anyone feel guilty, but to bring up a revelation. Resolutions are made based on our weaknesses, … Continue reading

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The Deadlift

Without a doubt, the Deadlift (DL) will play a significant role in your strength training. This lift will build your posterior chain (lower back, glutes, hamstrings), improve your grip and help you develop power for other lifts like squats. Being … Continue reading

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Wizard Kicking

“Practice makes perfect,” or so the saying goes. But in order to practice as you play, it has to be realistic. There’s a lot of “warm-up All-Americans” out there who practice with footballs that are broken in and once they … Continue reading

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Hydration

The marketing of products this day in age can be misleading. Take cigarettes, products that contain soy, Coca Cola, and Gatorade. The manner in that we are exposed to these products leads us to believe what we see from a … Continue reading

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Front Squat

Just as you have siblings and relatives, so do exercises. There are many different squats, all which create strong kickers, but I’m going to focus on Front Squats. The Front Squat forces the body to make use of almost every … Continue reading

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Kettlebell Swings

One of my favorite pieces of equipment is the Kettlebell (KB). It’s extremely basic, yet dynamic enough to build a powerful athlete. Kettlebell swings do just that by developing your leg strength, hip and glute power, your lower back, forearms, … Continue reading

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Overhead Ball Slams

I rarely repeat myself, but having strength and power through the lumbo-pelvic hip complex is crucial for kicking. Once your leg is locking-out on the ball, you’ll also be crunching down. Having power to strike the ball and follow through … Continue reading

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Kicking Shoes – The Right Cleats

Finding the right cleats is uber-important. I’ve experimented with indoor soccer shoes, soccer cleats, football cleats, even high-tops. It took many trips to the local sporting goods store and even more blisters to find them. Adidas Copa Mundials work for … Continue reading

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Belly Breathing

Belly Breathing is an exercise which helped me prepare the night before combines and tryouts. You need two items: a bed and a book. Start by lying down on your back, place the book on your stomach, hands at your … Continue reading

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