Why max speed testing with light gates is a waste of time by Dan Bernardin

Peak speed determination in football: is sprint testing necessary? By T. Massard, T. Eggers, and R. Lovell in Science and Medicine in Football (2017). Abstract: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24733938.2017.1398409 Background: Max speed is an important requirement in elite football and is typically associated with crucial moments in a game that can dictate the outcome such as scoring a […]

German Volume Training – More is not always better by Dan Bernardin

German Volume Training (GVT) has a reputation in bodybuilding, powerlifting and weightlifting as being the holy grail for breaking through strength plateaus and packing on some serious muscle. It is a system that was developed in the 1970’s and involves 10 sets of 10 reps (100 reps) at approximately 60% of your 1 rep max […]

Squat is not King for Football by Dan Bernardin

A well know term utilised in strength training is that “the squat is king of all exercises”. We are a big fan of the bilateral (two legs) squat but for football our king of all exercises for building general strength is the unilateral (single leg) split squat and its variations. Here are a few reasons […]

Goalkeepers Get Specific by Dan Bernardin

The goalkeeper is the last line of defence and can decide the outcome of a match! Despite this there is little research specific to this position, which results in a lack of understanding of the game demands and therefore specific training methods. From the little amount of research it is suggested that the goalkeepers actions […]