If you are a dedicated weightlifter, you have probably had to struggle with fitness plateaus at some point. What most lifters do when they reach a sticking point with their progress is they switch up the rep range or lifting technique in order to activate the muscles differently, but they usually won’t step outside the gym to explore other activities.
During the World Cup championships, practically everyone on the planet is a soccer fan. But how about the ones who play this sport? Training to excel at soccer is different from many other sports in that the lower body comes into play a lot more than the upper, but preparation needs to include everything. It is true that the goalkeeper is the only player who can touch the ball with his hands in the actual field of play, but the other 10 on the ‘pitch’ use their upper bodies a lot more than you think.