The Boys Soccer Training Packet is composed of 4 training plans and 21 weeks of pre-season training, which are sport-specifically designed to prepare male, prep-aged soccer plays for the fitness demands of the soccer season.
The plans focus directly on the sport-specific fitness demands of soccer, specifically:
- Total Body Strength, with an emphasis on the lower body
- Functional core strength (Chassis Integrity)
- Overall Running Endurance – both aerobic base and speed over ground
- Repeat Sprint Ability and Conditioning
The three pre-season plans, Boys Soccer Base, Boys Soccer Build, and Boys Soccer Pre-Season Peak are each 7 week plans, with week 7 in each plan an unload/taper week. This way the plans can be completed back to back the 21 weeks directly before the soccer season.
The 4th plan in the packet, Soccer In-Season Strength, consists of strength maintenance training sessions to carry athletes through the soccer season.
The strength training in the three pre-season training plans in this packet (Base, Build, Pre-Season Peak) is progressive within each plan, and from plan to plan.
Boys Soccer Base deploys the Leg Blaster bodyweight complex progression to train leg strength. This progression has been proven as effective as front squats in building strength in young athletes, and is a great tool for building a base level of strength for follow-on barbell and other loaded training.
Boys Soccer Build deploys classic barbell and dumbbell strength exercises to train leg strength, including front squats, back squats, and loaded walking lunges.
Boys Soccer Pre-Season Peak transitions to power and total body strength exercises including hang squat cleans and thrusters.
Each plan deploys Prep Strength’s “Chassis Integrity” core strength training methodology to train functional core strength. Chassis integrity uses rotation, anti-rotation, extension and total core exercises from the standing or kneeling position.
Each plan also trains upper body strength with bodyweight or dumbbell-based strength exercises.
As a general rule, soccer players, especially prep-aged soccer players, are notoriously weak which limits speed, power and durability. The plans in this packet address this deficit in a direct, efficient manner with 2 day/week strength training.
Research has shown that soccer plays run a between 4 and 6 miles over the course of a 60-90 minute match. The endurance programming in this training packet trains both aerobic base, and speed-over-ground fitness, and is progressive from plan to plan.
Boys Soccer Base deploys multiple 1.5 mile run assessments with follow-on 800m repeats. Boys Soccer Build deploys multiple 3-mile run assessments and 1-mile repeats. Both Boys Soccer Base and Boys Soccer Build train aerobic base with mid-week long runs from 3-6 miles.
Boys Soccer Pre-Season Peak deploys a 6-mile assessment and 2-mile repeats, 2 days/week.
Repeat Sprint Ability
Competitive soccer games are essentially a long session of sprint shuttle repeats for players with active recover between efforts. This packet of plans hammers repeat sprint ability with a progession from plan to plan of more intense repeat sprint programming, including 150m shuttles, 300m shuttles, Half Gassers, Full Gassers and Small Sided Soccer Games, which research has shown to train not only repeat sprint ability, but also passing and dribbling technique.
Click the links below for the specifics of each training plan:
What order should the plans be completed it?
- Boys Soccer Base
- Boys Soccer Build
- Boys Soccer Preseason Peak
- Soccer In-Season Strength
Click the individual training plans above for each plan’s specific required equipment. Base is a limited equipment training plan. Build, Pre-Season Peak and In-Season Strength require a fully-equipped weightroom including barbells, plates, racks, pull-up bar, and dumbbells and/or kettlebells.
What if I don’t have 21 weeks before the season starts.
If you or your athletes are fit and have weightroom experience, work backward from the season start week and begin with the appropriate plan. If you or your athletes are unfit, or not familiar with strength training, Begin with Boys Soccer Base and work forward through as many weeks of the packet as possible before the season starts.
Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run Calculator is listed as an exercise.
Can I see sample training?
To see/experience the first week of programming for each of these training plans click on the individual training plans below, and then click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
What if I can’t do the whole session?
If you don’t have enough time to complete the whole session, you can split the session into two.
How do I access the plan? Pdf? Online?
Plan access is online, via username and password.
Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
The price for this packet of plans represents a 30% savings over the combined price of the individual plans.