Alright everyone, hoping for some good ideas here…
Here’s the situation:
I coach junior varsity high school soccer (boys). Being an avid lifter, and myself having improved my on field performance through strength training (as well as plyo work, etc.), I obviously feel it’s important to incorporate this sort of training into soccer preparation.
Unfortunately, the head coach (my boss and also my coach of not too long ago) is
of the surprisingly common belief (in soccer, that is) that training with weights is not essential to the program and the only weight training the boys get to do is on their own time.
So, for better or worse, getting my boys into the weight room is not an option (terrible, I know). That said, I felt I got great results last season by constructing a good sprint program, throwing out a hundred pushup variations, a lot of plyo and agility work, and lots of challenging core work.
The players and the parents felt they were in the shape of their lives and we also had an injury free season (a little luck, a little strength, and some good active warmup work…).
Anyway, that’s the background, and it brings me to my quandry:
The other day, I saw that an ancient pair of pullup bars had literally been uncovered near the stadium. I don’t remember them from my time in school (5 years ago), but from the looks of it, they were under about 30 years of iceplant and other brush.
Nonetheless, they are there and in perfect working order. I’m excited, because it may not be a weight room, but at least I have something to balance out all of the pushup work from last year. My challenge is now to figure out a way to incorporate them into my workouts and get the most benefit for my players in reasonable time.
If I had a couple guys and a lot of time, we could obviously hit the pullups in any conventional way, but the considerations are as follows:
-20 guys/2 bars…10 guys to a bar with only 2 working at any time.
-most of them are typical, wiry soccer players, who should be able to knock out 8-10 reps pretty easily, considering their weight.
does anyone have a good idea as to a method/program where I could get everyone an effective workout on the bar, without sacrificing a day’s practice? would some sort of pavel ladder method be best, with them quickly going through the line? or???
sorry for the long post, but any and all help and ideas will be appreciated.