Nutritional Demands for Soccer Players

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As soccer parents we spend a lot of time and money to help our kids improve their soccer game? We join a professional club in town, incorporate strength training, buy the best gear and drive miles on end to and from practices, games and tournaments. A lot of times we forget to pay attention to our athlete’s nutrition? Working with teenage athletes for many years now, I see that nutrition often is the missing link in improving performance.

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Are You Still Doing Cardio?

Walk into any gym and the first thing you see is people straddling treadmills, elliptical machines or bikes for 45 minutes or more, trying to burn calories and improve their aerobic fitness (all while watching their favorite show on TV).

I see and hear this all the time, especially from the ladies, this notion that you need a good long sweat in order to get a good workout and burn lots of calories. I suspect that some people are actually addicted to that type of cardio workout.

It is not easy to convince people why they should steer away from the typical low- to moderate-intensity continuous training (cardio) and instead do sprint interval training (also known as HIIT, or burst training). After all, we have been conditioned by many alleged fitness experts and health professionals to believe we need  several 30 to 45 minutes sessions of cardiovascular training every week to stay fit, healthy and burn fat.
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