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    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping some of you sporty-types can help me out here.

    Basically, I used to play pro women's soccer but had to stop due to injury (tendonitis). Anyway, I want to start playing again when I go to uni, but need to get fit first. I know I've left it a bit late but there we go, I can't turn back time! I hardly exercise at the mo (light exercise 3 times a week), and haven't done any 'proper' exercise for about 9 months, so I'm seriously unfit.

    Now, I'm wondering what the quickest way to get match-fit is, obviously without injuring myself. I would assume circuits are the way to go, and some distance running to improve my stamina? I have access to a gym (and classes) but as I work 9-5, exercise avoiding the gym would be best. I have just over a month before the trials and so would appreciate any help anyone can give me....

    Many thanks in advance

    PS, Sorry if this should be in the sports subforum.
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    Simulate the kind of exercise you do in a match, short sharp sprints followed by periods of slow movement and/or rest.

    Try sprinting for 15 seconds and resting for 45 and doing the same for as long as you can, make the sprints max effort, after you've done that(youll probably last about 10-15 mins if ur lucky) run slow and steady for 15 minutes and repeat.
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    (Original post by imasillynarb)
    Simulate the kind of exercise you do in a match, short sharp sprints followed by periods of slow movement and/or rest.

    Try sprinting for 15 seconds and resting for 45 and doing the same for as long as you can, make the sprints max effort, after you've done that(youll probably last about 10-15 mins if ur lucky) run slow and steady for 15 minutes and repeat.
    Thanks, much appreciated....I'll give it a try
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    Regular workouts in the bedroom can make a whole of a difference.
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    Perfect. I don't do that butch stuff of excercing IN a room, but I find it amazing that people can do it.

    hehe
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    Was that some sort of joke? Think I missed sommit.
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    Match fitness is just that. It can only be achieved through matches. Theres no cardio that can mimmick how you exercise during a match and if there was I would think it would be mighty boring. You dont need to be match fit for trials trust me it wont be a 90min slog it will be small skill sessions and small games to assess your skills.

    Unless you are a complete fatty now theres nothing you can do except perhaps do 40 min cardio 3/4 times a week. Possibly do some speed work as well 3 times a week.
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    (Original post by ~MOi~)
    Perfect. I don't do that butch stuff of excercing IN a room, but I find it amazing that people can do it.

    hehe
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    football is basically 90 minutes of HIIT.. have a go at that
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    (Original post by joshdajoker)
    Match fitness is just that. It can only be achieved through matches. Theres no cardio that can mimmick how you exercise during a match and if there was I would think it would be mighty boring. You dont need to be match fit for trials trust me it wont be a 90min slog it will be small skill sessions and small games to assess your skills.

    Unless you are a complete fatty now theres nothing you can do except perhaps do 40 min cardio 3/4 times a week. Possibly do some speed work as well 3 times a week.
    Haha, I'm definitely not a 'fatty' so I'm sure I can improve my fitness in a month to something decent...I'll just have to push myself quite hard. I'm going to do what imasillynarb suggested and also some circuit training at my local gym. I'll also try and fit in some long distance running but keeping 1/2 days for rest....don't wanna burn myself out!
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    Check out the Armed Forces sub forum in Careers where there is a specific Fitness thread full of helpful tips, hints, and fitness plans. By following them you can get fit in as little as four weeks.
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    have a look at this site, it should answer most of your questions

    http://www.brianmac.demon.co.uk/fartlek.htm
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    make sure you've got your ball control still, as if you haven't played for a while you may have lost your touch,i know i did i stopped playing for a bit and then a mate asked me if i wanted to play because they were short of players, and i thought it would be alright, i still play football just mucking about, but in a match scenario my touch and control was poor (worst 90mins of football ever), by the way i don't mean to be pedantic but the game is FOOTBALL not soccer as the yanks like to call it (soccer is a completely different sport which football originates from), please call it FOOTBALL people calling the beautiful game soccer does my head in
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    (Original post by jameso88)
    make sure you've got your ball control still, as if you haven't played for a while you may have lost your touch,i know i did i stopped playing for a bit and then a mate asked me if i wanted to play because they were short of players, and i thought it would be alright, i still play football just mucking about, but in a match scenario my touch and control was poor (worst 90mins of football ever), by the way i don't mean to be pedantic but the game is FOOTBALL not soccer as the yanks like to call it (soccer is a completely different sport which football originates from), please call it FOOTBALL people calling the beautiful game soccer does my head in
    Haha, easy tiger...I will call it football from now on! Just didn't want any yanks on here to get confused! I last played 9 months ago after not playing for about a year and a half and although I wasn't as good as I was at the height of my game, after a few training sessions I could see improvement...I will def have to work hard though...I'm looking forward to the challenge
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    (Original post by BlackHawk)
    Check out the Armed Forces sub forum in Careers where there is a specific Fitness thread full of helpful tips, hints, and fitness plans. By following them you can get fit in as little as four weeks.
    Fit in as little as 4 weeks? Define fit..fit to play football? I'd hardly suggest a regime of pressups and situps would get you "fit" for football. Fit is a very specific subjective term..
 
 
 
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