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Complete Conditioning for Soccer

by Sigi Schmid, Robert Alejo, Bob Alejo

From the Publisher
"Sigi Schmid’s Complete Conditioning for Soccer is the most comprehensive yet succinct sport-specific book I’ve seen on the physical dimensions of a soccer player, male or female." April Heinrichs Technical director and head coach, U.S. Women’s National Teams Program --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author
Named the head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1999, Sigi Schmid led the Galaxy to the final round of the Major League Soccer playoffs that same year and in 2001. These accomplishments only add to Schmid’s long and impressive record of success in competitive soccer. Before becoming coach of the L.A. Galaxy, Schmid served as head soccer coach for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His 21 years with the university were marked by an outstanding winning record of 322-63-33, 16 consecutive postseason appearances, and three NCAA Division I championships. An assistant on Bora Milutinovic's 1994 World Cup coaching staff, Schmid was appointed the coach of the U.S. Under-20 national team in 1998. He guided the team through CONCACAF qualifying rounds and into the FIFA World Youth Championships. A successful player before becoming a coach, Schmid was a starter at midfield for the UCLA Bruins from 1972 to 1975. His long standing commitment to the game was honored in 1996 when he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as one of the first members of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Schmid currently resides in Torrance, California. With nearly 20 years of experience in college and professional sports, Bob Alejo was formerly the strength and conditioning coach for the Oakland Athletics, where he was responsible for designing and implementing a year-round fitness program for the baseball organization consisting of nutrition, flexibility, warm-up, conditioning, strength training, and rehabilitation. Before joining the Athletics, Alejo served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the 1994 World Cup soccer team, where he developed all warm-up, flexibility, conditioning, and strength programming in coordination with the sports medicine staff of the U.S. Men's national soccer team. Alejo worked as the conditioning coach at UCLA from 1990 to 1993, where he directed and supervised the fitness programs of 21 intercollegiate sports. He also has worked as an associate head conditioning coach at UCLA; program coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator at the Sports Medicine and Training Center in Chico, California; and head conditioning coach for football at California State University, Chico. The author of the Oakland Athletics Winter Conditioning Manual, Alejo has also written 6 books and nearly 20 articles for major sports publications. Alejo graduated from California State University with a degree in physical education and biological sciences. He currently resides in.

Book Description
In a sport requiring spurts of speed and game-long endurance, even the most skilled soccer players can’t survive on talent alone. It also takes unbelievable conditioning. With more than 90 exercises, Complete Conditioning for Soccer tells you how to develop the stamina you need to run the field and still have the explosiveness to plow through defenders, battle for position, and drill the ball into the goal. Written by L.A. Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid and Bob Alejo, a veteran conditioning coach who has worked with the UCLA Bruins and World Cup Soccer Teams, Complete Conditioning for Soccer shows you how to get in great shape using the best • flexibility and warm-up exercises,
• strength and aerobic training,
• power development,
• speed and agility exercises, and
• individual and team conditioning with the ball. The exercises in Complete Conditioning for Soccer are easy to follow and understand. That’s because the authors have combined step-by-step instructions with more than 125 photographs and illustrations to ensure proper form and technique. Use these expert coaches’ conditioning programs to outperform and outwork your opponents, game after game!
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