Do you need strength to play Football?
To Play Football the #1 physical attribute you need is endurance
as its 90 minutes flat out running, 2 x 45 minute halfs. Look at a
cyclist...or other sports with endurance, their body fits the
requirements of the sport. Football players are extremely fit,
conditioned to run up to 14k per game...any excess fat you will
simply blow out and wont last beyond 10 minutes at a highly
competitive game. Ronaldo of Brazil put on weight, now hes
completely out of shape and cannot play football, whereas in nfl
Gridiron for example a 2005 report found 56% were clinically obese.
Football is largely based on skill...anyone can go into a gym and
pile on muscle, take supplements...thats for the common man.
Football is 80% skill with ball control...hence very few have the
talent to make it. Strength is an asset in any competitive sport,
or, more properly, a bit of extra strength. You already haves some,
don't you? But you're considering adding more. Indeed, strength
training is incorporated into the physical regimen of many athletic
programs. But there is a trade off. That's the catch. (There's
always a catch, isn't there?) Consider why a player might want more
strength. What is that person gonna do with it? In football, it
would be nice to be able to get a bit more distance on a throw in.
Upper body strength would make that happen. After all, the throw in
is all about some technique and a lot of upper body strength. It
was pointed out that playing football well requires endurance.
Don't know about you, but I don't wanna trade any endurance for
strength. You will still have to do all your endurance training.
You wanna trade skills training for strength training? I sure
wouldn't. Football has a premium on several things, and skill is
much higher on the list than strength. Oh, and it is critical to
stay well stretched out, because strength training erodes our
flexibility. I recall seeing an NFL Gridiron team being assessed,
and a distressingly large percentage of the players weren't
flexible enough for strength training and were put through
stretching while the flexible players lifted weights. Stunning!
These guys could rip your arm off and they're doing stretching
exercises! Oh, and did you know that a player who is more stretched
out and flexible suffers less injuries than one who is tight?
Lastly, increasing muscle mass adds weight to your body. Will you
still be as quick? As fast? Be able to jump as high for that header
in the box? Strength training IS a good idea, but in a sport like
football, it is of paramount importance to target that training and
heavily weigh the cost of getting a bit more buffed out. Moderation
in strength training is a strong recommendation. Good luck.