5 Helpful Physical Training Exercises for Forwards
Modern forwards need to become fine-tuned machines. The best in the world understand that there are specific training habits that must be adhered to if they want to reach the pinnacle of their profession. Being a top quality competitive youth player is no different.
Consider these five helpful training exercises for your forwards when thinking about physical training.
1. Commitment to Flexibility and Dexterity
It's vital that your players maintain a commitment to flexibility, dexterity, and fluidity in their athletic movements on the pitch. Stretching is a big part of ensuring that your players avoid injuries, and dedicating time to correct dynamic and static stretching is very important for reaching ultimate flexibility and dexterity.
Consider some of these four exercises for your soccer players as you go about prepping for your next season:
2. Focus on Dynamic Movement and Explosive Actions
You want your forwards to be explosive, efficient, and well calculated with their body movements and actions.
Focus on building up and fueling the powder-keg in your player's physical fitness by creating solid dynamic warmups, drills, and activations that help your players realize the body mechanics and muscle memory needed to compete at a high level.
Here is a nice video to get some ideas from and incorporate into your practices:
3. Agility Ladders for Fast Feet
Breaking out the agility ladder 3 to 5 times in a month of training is a good practice for helping develop fast, nimble, and quick feet in your forwards.
Fast feet will allow your forwards to keep and control the ball in tight spaces, wriggle free from harassing defenders, and cast their spell as they perform moves and feints to beat opposition defenders in 1v1 situations.
There are a ton of different ladder drills for you to consider, and it's always fun to ask the players to share one they've done previously, but here are a few that incorporate the ball that would be helpful for your forwards.
4. Parachute Sprints
Although there are a number of more low-tech ways to increase your explosiveness and sprinting abilities, incorporating an inexpensive resistance parachute is something to consider for your players.
The chutes are a good method for developing speed over short distances and can help your striker become a deadly predator in and around the 18-yard box.
Here's one link to a series of different parachute drills that you can consider for your team:
5. Emphasis on Core
It doesn't matter where you play on the pitch, if you're going to be a good soccer player you've got to have a strong core so you can lift and hang in the air for headers, make tight cuts and turns with the ball, and generate power for ball-striking.
Good forwards must have a well-conditioned set of abdominal muscles if they are to ever fully reach their potential.