Football – fitness & athletic training

The European Championship in France is right around the corner and, just like the rest of Europe, we can’t wait for the kick-off. However, since we already know the final result (Germany will be European Champions!) amd we have assembled a lot of know-how about football in our Blog we wanted to focus on the training-specific aspects of football. While the national teams are preparing for the tournament in France, we will show you how you can optimize your own football training in order to improve your performance.

Not only in regard to football and fitness, but regarding athletic training, stabilization training, and injuries. These football topics are certainly not only interesting for football and fitness fans, but also football trainers and coaches, athletic trainers, and everyone who has aspirations in that area. And even footballers might know why their training plans and workouts look like they do after reading the following blog posts.

Athletic training in football

Athletic training has taken a more important role in football training. The times when it was all about playing training matches and doing cardio on the side are long gone. The training plan of a footballer not only contains endurance training units and technique training but also specialized athletic training that is aimed to make the players stronger, faster, and less prone to injury. The high number of games per season, especially in a year with a big tournament like the European Championships in 2016, makes perfect planning a necessity. So how do you plan an athletic training in football and how does a pre-season look like? We have asked Tom Geitner, the athletic trainer of the women’s team of FC Ingolstadt and lecturer of Sportlerei Akademie, to give us an exemplary athletic training plan for football teams:

Adidas Football Stadium - Athletic training Tom Geitner

Even though the term fitness has no generally agreed upon definition, athletic training is all about getting the players fit enough to be able to optimally complete the coming challenges and to regenerate in the best way possible. And when it comes to fitness you can’t not think of the one organization that claims to be the first one to make fitness measurable and which designs its training program especially to improve the trainees fitness: CrossFit®. After all, CrossFit claims its aim ‘is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency’. In this regard, it seems interesting to ask whether CrossFit is suitable as a kind of football training, as it has been done at Werder Bremen in preparation for the 2015/16 season. We have tried to shed some light on this in our blog:

Football CrossFit Kettlebell

Stabilization training and injuries in football

Stabilization training is another aspect that plays an important role in football. Especially when it comes to injury prevention stability is a major factor but it also plays an important part in one-on-one situations on the pitch. Since the German national team has its share of injuries to compensate we want to take a look at injuries in football and injury prevention. First, we like to show you exercises for an increase stability:

Tutorial Thursday Stabilization training in Football

Next we want to look at the options you have when it’s already too late: you pulled a muscle. What does a pulled muscle mean, anyways, and how do you treat it the best? What are the most common situations in which footballers get injured? In one-on-one situations or without an opponent’s influence?

Injuries in Football

Football training with functional exercises

Functional Training is, according to the definition, the perfect form of training for every sport because it places the challenges an athlete faces while playing the sport in the center of the training. Thus, a functional training for football would be designed to accustom all football-specific requirements and would train all respective movements and muscle groups. In the blog post about athletic training, we have already given some examples for this kind of training. The same goes for the stabilization training. Our exercise videos will give the gentle football trainer, athletic trainer or even hobby footballer one or two additional exercises which can be implemented into their training to give you more acceleration, a stronger kick, or more power of self-assertion in the next one-on-one situation on the pitch.

If you should have any questions or remarks regarding the blog posts listed here or football training in general, please feel free to comment the respective blog post or send us an email to And should we not know the answer ourselves we will direct it to an expert. Apart from that we wish you a great European Championship. May the best team win!