Soccer Training Guide

Here’s a detailed, multi-page guide on soccer training that is packed with tips and advice:

 

Soccer Training

Your Versatile Gear Guide

Collage with sport and travel theme. Hiking, cycling, climbing

Collage with sport and travel theme. Hiking, cycling, climbing

How many jackets do you own? How many pairs of ski goggles? How about pairs of sunglasses? Different weather conditions, seasons, times of day and varying other factors can determine which type of gear is needed for you to perform in your highest level of comfort. We have compiled a list of the outdoor industry’s most versatile “one-size-fits-most-days” pieces of gear for you to boast about at your next fantasy football meetup with the boys. After all, when you invest in new technology you’re entitled to a whole new set of bragging rights.

Spy Optic Dirk Sunglasses

  • 64mm lens width

  • 8-base polycarbonate ARC® lenses

  • Pin hinges

  • Shatter-resistant Grilamid frames

  • Eight-base curvature

  • 100% UV protection

  • Available in RX

With 10 different frame colors and eight interchangeable lenses to choose from, the Spy Dirk sunglasses are the ultimate pair of eye wear. Colors range from matte black to tortoise shell to camo, so you are sure to find a pair to wear to either your next poker night or duck hunting trip. The blocky style makes any wearer look like a tough guy who is ready for action. The polycarbonate ARC lenses are light, but durable for the highest level of protection and comfort. The inexpensive lens options offer color, polarized and mirrored options that all are high-impact resistant.

Columbia Bugaboo Interchangeable Jacket

  • 3-point zip in system

  • Reflective fleece liner

  • Removable hood

  • Omni-Heat™ thermal liner

  • Omni-Tech™ waterproof/breathability

This versatile jacket is a great buy for any guy. With a zip out liner and removable hood, you essentially get three jackets in one. The inner layer is a soft fleece liner that can be taken out to wear to meet your friends for beers or for attending your kid’s fall soccer games. For the cold winter days, you can zip that fleece back inside of the shell for maximum heat. The outer shell has a thermal reflective layer that uses your body’s temperature to generate added warmth. The shell alone is equipped with Columbia’s waterproof and breathable Omni-tech design. This allows you to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities without feeling a swamp-like environment inside your coat.

Smith I/O Goggles

  • Includes both bright-light and low-light lenses

  • Quick release lens technology

  • Inner lens 5X anti-fog

  • Ultra-wide QuickFit strap

  • Helmet Compatible with buckle strap

  • 3-layer face contact foam

  • AirEvac system

The quick release technology on these modern goggles makes changing out low-light lenses meant for powdery overcast days to bright-light lens for those perfect bluebird conditions. No need for carrying a backup pair in your jacket anymore. These goggles come equipped with the Smith-guaranteed 5X anti-fog, AirEvac system for airflow and three layers of foam for added comfort in the contact points on your face. The rimless design will make the goggle feel lighter than air — and make your buddies look like they’re stuck in the early ’90s.

Workout Guide: Football Season Edition

The 2015 NFL season is finally here. And that means instead of hitting the gym like usual, you’re going to be spending a lot more time on couch with your buddies in front of your flat screen, rooting for your favorite teams and fantasy players. The face-stuffing, beer-drinking, sedentary lifestyle that comes with every football season might leave you feeling a little heavier than pre-season. But the guys who follow winning teams might have an unfair advantage. And no, we’re not talking about Tom Brady’s balls and Deflategate.

A new study has shown that fans of losing NFL teams are more likely to be fat. According to a study from the Journal of Psychological Science, after a loss, losing fans eat 16 percent more saturated fats and 10 percent more calories, while fans of winning teams are more likely to eat healthy. If your team’s coach is in the hot seat this year, like the Eagle’s Chip Kelly or Jeff Fisher from the Rams, you better hide chips and dip. If you’re all about college football, prepare for this season’s biggest matchups. Whatever the outcome, win or lose, you should still be getting in some reps and staying fit this season. Here’s how:

Commercials: Push Ups

When it comes to hanging with the guys, even the littlest things can turn into a competition. Who can pick up that girl? Who can drink more beers? Who has the nicest car? A little competition is healthy, so bring that same competitive spirit to your living room while you’re watching the game with your bros. During each commercial break, challenge your friends to a push-up contest. See how many you can do. Whoever does the most reps wins. There’s not exactly a prize, just bragging rights.

Halftime: Touch Football

If you’ve got a crowd at your place, take everyone outside during halftime and toss-around the ol’ pigskin during halftime. Split everyone up into even teams and play a game of touch football. Moving a little bit, getting your heart rate up and breathing in some fresh air after two long quarters of sitting inside is good for you. Just don’t go too hard, you don’t want to pull something.

Timeouts: Planks

Work your core and pass the time during each timeout of the game. Like pushups, this exercise will spark a little competition between all the guys. See who can hold the pose for the longest time, with proper form, until play resumes. A little ab work never hurt anybody. Exercising during time out breaks will also help you cut back on snacking

Catch the Game at the Gym

For fitness junkies who are serious about breaking a sweat on game day, head to the gym and flip on the TV. Whether you’re using your home gym or you belong to a member’s only club, breaking a sweat and getting some cardio in while watching TV actually makes the exercise feel easier. A study from the University of North Carolina found that people who watched a video while working out had perceived less exertion. And, another study from the Journal of Behavioural Science showed that people who worked out in front of a TV actually exercised longer than people who weren’t watching. 🙂