After 4 years of college soccer (goalkeeper) I am considering moving abroad in the summer to try my luck professionally. Between now and then I need to do whatever I can to make the jump from college to pro. as easy as possible.
I will be working technically with my coach, but I think the biggest jump will be athletically. I am a solid college level athlete, but to get to the next level I’ll need to be quicker, stronger, more powerful, more agile, etc.
My current stats:
Squat: around 250
Clean and jerk: around 200
Vertical: 27" when tested in the spring
Right now in the weightroom (in season) we don’t do any squats or deadlifts, but a lot of cleans and cleans and jerks. Obviously the most bang for the buck for me will come in the form of RELATIVE strength gains. Would rather not gain any weight if possible, unless it’s completely functional. Here’s what I’m thinking.
- Dos Remedios’s Power Training
I like the look of it, and the 4x weekly training. However, wouldn’t olympic lifting 4x weekly be too much? I also like how he covers complex training (not complexes, but complex training with plyos mixed in w/ strength training) and makes it an option.
- Designer Athletes
Looks alright, but would like to add olympic lifts. Maybe too high volume/hypertrophy oriented for me.
- WS4SB III
Looks very good, but would like to incorporate some complex training. Have also read some reviews saying that it isn’t the best thing for a beginner. Would I be considered a beginner? I’ve been lifting for a couple of years but my relative strength isn’t great.
- 5x5 or Rippetoes
More frequency and some may say better for me, but no built in plyos or athletic focus. (or oly lifts)
Maybe the answer would be a combination of these periodized in a certain way?