exercise

Training

And we have a winner! Sweat Pretty with Puma.

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The winner of the Sweat Pretty with Puma giveaway is.....(drumroll). Amy Lynn. Congrats Amy. We will be contacting you for mailing info, etc.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Puma athlete and Golden Gloves boxing champ Cara Castronuova who will help get you out of your fitness rut with the hot new workouts inSweat Pretty.

Giveaway: Sweat Pretty with Puma and Boxer Cara Castronuova

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If finding time to get to the gym for an extra training session is a drag, check out this new Puma fitness series hosted by Golden Gloves boxing champ Cara Castronuova. Cara is out to discover new ways to get you pumped and out of your fitness rut. From shadow boxing to paddle boarding she'll help you shape up and Sweat Pretty.

The New Home Gym

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No wheels? Can't catch a ride to the gym? No worries. There are new digital tools being applied to the fitness sector that can make working out easier than ever. It's unlikely that they'll replace the gym entirely, but live streaming exercise classes are gaining in popularity.

EMG Live Fitness: When Joyce Wells moved to the suburbs from NYC, she was frustrated with the lack of variety of exercise classes that had been available to her in the city.

Optimal Performance Training: Deceleration Movement Training

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Recently we discussed the importance of deceleration in relation to high performance training and injury prevention. We learned about eccentric strength and the role it plays in reducing momentum. We also made reference to dynamic balance and the importance it plays in maintaining control while performing skillful athletic movements.

English Premier League

Edin Dzeko: Exercise For Sanity & Vanity

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Image: Getty Images. This face is in serious need of deciphering via captions, Kickettes. Will you do the honours?

Arsenal – testing your loyalty

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I'm hoping the long gap between games isn't causing the players to lose focus as badly as it has me – although it is a concern after our last performance!

This is just a bit of interactive fun to fill the time before we take on city tomorrow.

One object of the exercise is to test whether your loyalty to Arsenal might just possibly cloud your judgement in matters concerning by far the greatest team the world has ever seen.

Arsenal – testing your loyalty

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I'm hoping the long gap between games isn't causing the players to lose focus as badly as it has me – although it is a concern after our last performance!

This is just a bit of interactive fun to fill the time before we take on city tomorrow.

One object of the exercise is to test whether your loyalty to Arsenal might just possibly cloud your judgement in matters concerning by far the greatest team the world has ever seen.

There’s a site already selling a Man United ‘Champ20ns’ shirt

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There's still eight Premier League rounds left to be played and Manchester United only have a slippery three-point lead on Man City in the table, but that hasn't stopped one Man United T-shirt site from already counting their 20th title and mocking City all in one premature shirt.

Already on sale at UnitedTees.

Turmoil Week: Preston North End

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Back in November 2011, Preston City Council reluctantly announced that the redevelopment of England's 50th city had hit the buffers. John Lewis had pulled out of the Tithebarn regeneration scheme in the city centre and, operating as we are "in the middle of one of the worst economic and financial situations since the 1930s", plans will now be made to scale down the blueprint accordingly.

Liverpool FC: Catalogue Critique

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Image via ontd_football.

We really ought to stop over-analysing these club catalogues. It never makes us happy and what's the point anyway? They're basically devices to get fans to buy branded merch, and as such, don't need a shed load of money spent on them.

But still. It's as good a way as any of giving the office snark some exercise.

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Public Training Day at Crew Stadium Draws Thousands

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If the U.S. team needed any kind of lift following the defeat in Jamaica, they certainly found it from the fans in Columbus during Sunday's public training session at Crew Stadium.
More than 3,000 supporters turned up to watch the 75-minute session, cheering loudly as the team entered the field and keeping the energy level as the team went through a series of passing exercises and small-sided games before concluding with a finishing exercise.

Inside Reading: Training for gameday

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Photo: Kyle McCarthy

(Editor's Note: Our series of posts from Reading United and Villanova defender Kyle McCarthy continues as he gives an inside look at training in the lead-up to gameday on one of the top Premier Development League teams in the country.)

Last week I covered the events of a typical gameday experience, so it's only fair that I mention the hard work and effort that we go through building up to that moment.

Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – No more than a training session!

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Wolves 0-3 Arsenal by KJ To be perfectly honest, it wasn't one of our better games. For most of the match we looked to be stuck in second gear and it looked more a training ground exercise of keep ball rather than put Wolves to the sword. The game started of perfectly for us when [...]

Real Madrid

With the force of more than 50,000 fans, allow us to introduce...

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With the force of more than 50,000 fans, allow us to introduce AFR Voice.

Your eyes, they've been doing too much work lately. Whether you want to give your ears some exercise or stand up and make your voice heard, we're here to finally bring back an essential element to AFR. After stints with podcasts in the past, we're back with something new, something that we think will prove to be a consistently fantastic addition to the AFR Team.

El Clasico Review, A Day After

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Thank God, It's over, that definitely was the reaction of every Barca fan once they heard the final whistle. I don't remember that in recent history we coming out with such a reaction towards the end of any match. That was the way we performed in this match, may be that's how they performed.

El Clasico Review, A Day After

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Thank God, It's over, that definitely was the reaction of every Barca fan once they heard the final whistle. I don't remember that in recent history we coming out with such a reaction towards the end of any match. That was the way we performed in this match, may be that's how they performed.

Euro 2012

Away Days: Miami

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Back in June I had the privilege of representing FOX Soccer at the World Soccer Masters in Miami a charity event hosted by global icon Lionel Messi and his cast of all-stars. Essentially the two teams were composed of the world's best players that were not currently featuring in Euro 2012. See how many of these guys you can name, if nothing else it's a good exercise in international soccer knowledge.

Euro 2012 – Given one in the Face

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Extremely poorly executed and about to end in tears... not just Ireland's whole campaign but also this training exercise. It's Shay Given with the final touch, perhaps mistaking one of the coaches for Roy Keane. One of them had to hit the target eventually.

Kicking Off Euro 2012!

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We're belatedly kicking off our Euro 2012 coverage belated since the tournament is kicking off later today (in a few minutes actually). Â We've got a few preview posts up to help you get ready for the next 3+ weeks of international European football 31 matches* in 8 cities in two countries (Poland & Ukraine) over the next 23 days starting with Poland-Greece and Russia-Czech today (6pmCET/12pmET in Warsaw and 8:45pmCET/2:45pmET in Wroclaw, respectively)Â and continuing until the final in Kiev on July 1.

Asylum party, invitation only

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Predicting human behavior is an exercise in insanity. Forecasting the behavior of the 22+ men playing a soccer match, their coaches, the referees and fans in an attempt at determining the outcome of said game is wackier still. And when the group and knockout stages of Euro 2012 are involved, well, it's sheer madness.

Major League Soccer

Kickette Catch Up: Your Weekend Gossip Cheat Sheet

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Antonio Mirante in Parma's pre-season training: keeping us going since 9am this morning. Image: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images Europe. Lordy, our asses are dragging today, dear readers. Saturday - Hope Solo covers American health and exercise magazine, Fitness, this month. Image: Zimbio. - Speaking of Americans in magazines, Carlos Bocanegra is apparently in the ESPN The Magazine's Body [.

Another Draft For MLS

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 17, 2012) US Soccer Players -- It's the dawn of another Major League Soccer draft, this time the Supplemental Draft that until recently was part of what made the SuperDraft super. Now, it's a Tuesday afternoon exercise in player selection minus the television coverage or live audience.

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Sub Watch: Week 16 Part II

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SUB WATCH Doubles your Fun this Holiday WeekWelcome back! Hope you enjoyed the fireworks. When SUB WATCH signed off on Tuesday, we were looking at total substitution minutes played (smp) by different Red Bulls—particular the current leader, one Victor Palsson.

Surely, Palsson must be a hugely productive player to get so many minutes, right?

TFC changes course TFC 2 Impacted 0

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TFC showed up last night. I am not going to say it was "Hollywood" to have the team turn around just in time to dominate Montreal. I would have liked this team to have shown itself during the second half down in Mexico and throughout the eight lost MLS games in 2012, but you embrace turnarounds even if they are incredibly overdue.

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Cardiff City New Jersey 2012-13 Puma- Bluebirds opt for red home kit for 2012-2013 season

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Cardiff City New Jersey 2012-13 Puma- Bluebirds opt for red home kit for 2012-2013 season is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Cardiff City have undertaken a major rebranding exercise that has been the Bluebirds change their 2012/13 home kit colour to red.

Ripping Up Traditions, The Cardiff City Way

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Considering that they are making a pact with the devil, it is perhaps appropriate that Cardiff City will be playing in red from the start of next season. It was at the end of last month that the club first announced that it was to change its colours in accordance with the request of the clubs new Malaysian investors, who consider red a "luckier" colour in the Far East and that it will allow more people in that part of the world to identify with their hold your noses "brand".

Soccer Education

You Know What They Say About Arguing With Idiots …

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... they drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience.

But still, it's an exercise in willpower to stay away. It's hard to let ignorance, be ignorance. Sometimes you say to yourself:

maybe if I just spoke their language they might understand something

You start rationalizing:

If I don't say anything, they'll just continue to dominate the discussion, be lemmings, and leave thinking they actually have a clue.

It’s Unbelievably Difficult to Capture What We Do! A Testimonial.

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Coaching is an art!

How do you capture this art?

People have been asking me for 'curriculum' and things detailing what it is we do. How do we produce our end product they say. Here's a quickie from our State Cup final:

If you can't see the video, click here.

They seem to think there's a cookbook to make this happen, a recipe that can be followed.

A Phenomenal Soccer Education in 12 Minutes [Video]

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We've been talking on this blog. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.

Anyone can talk. And anyone does.
Just look at all the garbage online, and the monkeys on TV (I guess you'd have to be able to identify it as such).

Well, it's time to do some show.

First some things to keep in mind:

  • This video is from our State Cup Semi-final a couple weeks ago.

The Most Important Thing You Must Understand About Coaching

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Elite coaching is an art.

This is my response to reader John, who left an excellent set of comments. The last of which I'll address here.

Specifically:

I'd love to see you talk about specific tactics, Gary. I have no doubt that you are very a bright guy, but I wish you'd share your knowledge with us.

Transfers

Arsenal fans should trust Wenger to get us value for money

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What is value for money? by Richard B. As much as I like weekends, especially when the weather promotes the use of a BBQ and a cool box in the garden, it does come with an overarching pain in the backside called money. Monday through Friday is normally an exercise in routine and monotony; I [...]

I have this stupid habit.

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When I go to market, there is always one thing I forget. That's whether I go to get three items or 23. On top of all that, it's always something crucial to what is about to be cooked. It's highly annoying, but I do get extra exercise. Why am I telling you this? Well, I forgot one thing on yesterday morning's mini-serving of goodies, and it's kiiiiind of a doozy.

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Fitness Evaluations First

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The first component of any extended camp with the National Team is a fitness evaluation. Typically they consist of two elements: a medical (or physical, as we commonly call it), and testing.
The testing portion is broken up into three areas, and is designed to measure speed, strength and flexibility, and aerobic capacity.

Ron Smith training App just $1.99 - great ideas to get your players playing.

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Training started, already devoid of ideas - then check out Ron Smith's great training app. The App is only available for your iphone.

Great for players to visualise the exercise, great for you to prepare the exercises as you walk from the car park or need inspiration when your latest plan isn't working - or a few players don't turn up - then what happens to the plan?

The Rest

Upside: Lovely clean air

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Their Words "We are surrounded on all sides by the Alps, with fantastic scenery and lovely clean air. The training pitch is 4,000 feet which means they have to physically adapt to the altitude. As to whether it's long lasting when the players get to ground level remains to be seen, but they certainly enjoy it.

POTD : USA Women’s Olympic Football Team In Glasgow, Great Britain’s Tankmania!

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Preparations are underway for both the USA Women's Football team (seen above) who are currently at a preOlympics training camp at Glasgow, Scotland and the GB Women's Team. They even visited Tankmania in Measham (England) last week as part of a fun team bonding exercise!

Meanwhile, in surely some appalling news, current Women's World Champions Japan, were forced to fly economy class to London while their male counterparts flew in business.

Junior Football Bravery award - measure your development guage

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In Junior Football do you cheer the keeper roll out or pass with their feet more than a goal?

If you are really focused on development a Coach or Parent (and maybe even a rare young player) should cheer the keeper distribution more than a goal.

A goal can come from many things, but a young keeper rolling or passing a ball out has the whole of Australia on his or her back.

The Beep Test

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Players don't love it. Coaches need it. And the facial expressions are always entertaining after everyone hear's the words 'beep test'.
A common method of evaluating a player's fitness base, the beep test itself isn't that complicated. While there are different forms, generally speaking there are two lines spaced approximately 20 meters apart, and players have to reach each line before the beep.

Klinsmann's Six Goal Training

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United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann explains a training exercise from US National Team camp.

WBA Home - Opposition Fan View, Pub Ammo & Team News

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West Brom's Chris Brunt limped off during the defeat to Everton and is likely to miss out, while Shane Long is doubtful and Jonas Olsson will sit out with a calf strain. All these key injuries has led to some despondent West Brom fans to describing this match as an exercise in "damage limitation.