During the summer, soccer and futsal fans (and why not other sports fans too!) have a great opportunity to work out in the sand and get fit playing beach soccer. A perfect combination that blends training and fun.
What makes playing in the sand such a good practice?
Playing in the sand provides not only muscular conditioning but also cardiovascular training. It is very beneficial for those sports that require abrupt stops, sharp turns, and rotation of the lower limbs. For instance, many soccer pro teams do pre-seasons on the beach.
Why pro teams choose the sand for pre-season training?
Gabriel Macaya is an Argentine professional soccer fitness coach. His career spans famous Argentine soccer clubs like River Plate and Boca Juniors, and the Paraguay National Soccer Team. Asked about the benefits of sand training for pro soccer teams, Gabriel stated:
“From the physical training point of view, teams that choose the sand to do pre-seasons are looking to increase and enhance their strength and strength resistance. Sprints and strength-power exercises in the sand contribute to preventing injuries in tendons and muscles. On the other hand, coaches usually work on small games training for sport-specific conditioning sessions. An unstable surface like the sand certainly presents ball control difficulties.”
Playing soccer on the beach is physically demanding and quite intense. Balls come at high speeds from all different areas with little room for error, so your first touch to control a ball will be tested more often.
“Everything from your stomach all the way down to your calves works very hard. You will be surprised where you can hurt sometimes, given that you use your legs in ways that you cannot on a flat surface”, stated Brian.
Main benefits of training
in the sand
IMPROVE OVERALL PERFORMANCE
Running on sand requires greater energy and effort compared to firmer surfaces like grass.
STRENGTHEN MUSCLES AND TENDONS
As the sand is an unstable surface it makes your muscles and tendons work hard.
Playing in the sand is tougher than on firmer surfaces and hence requires greater adaptation.
LOTS OF FUN!
Beach, sun, sea breeze and friends. The perfect plan this summer!
Are you ready to train on a different surface like sand? You will be surprised how productive your training can be while having so much fun with your friends.
PLAYA BEACH SOCCER BALL
The Senda® Playa Beach Soccer Ball is designed with a special padding for a softer barefoot touch.