Epic Soccer Training Review- Does it work?

Im going to make this review short but provide you with enough details for  you to make your decision. The Epic Soccer Training in my personal opinion, may not be the best program out there to train and improve your skills, but it is a legit program and very affordable.

About Epic Soccer Training

Epic Soccer Training is online program that is organized into 3 modules (which I will explain later) with about 10-20 videos in each one. There are over 70 PDFs which can be downloaded and are helpful  when it comes to explaining the content  in  detail but can be a  bit hard to understand depending on your experience. The Creator of the program is Matt Smith, who claims to be a former professional player and coach. I did some research on Matt but could not find anything solid to prove who is. The reason I did this is because on the website he does not say which professional team he played for, which I find kind of strange. I did find a page with his name, but no picture, confirming on of his claims on his webpage. Whatever the case, the content of the package is valuable and the price isn’t too bad. Three payments of $39. 97 is what it will cost you, and he has an exclusive deal if you buy it within 10 minutes after landing on the sales page in which you will only pay two payments of $39. 97 and you also get  4 sign up bonuses. Not to mention you get to try it for 8 weeks with a 100% money back guarantee. Let’s get into the modules.

MODULES

There are 3 modules the program offers, The Rock, The Cup, and The Factory. It’s pretty straight forward. The Rock will cover basic techniques that are applicable to all skill levels including beginners, and as you move up in the training you will be introduced to new and advanced techniques/drills. The modules will cover, skill, conditioning, and mental/technical aspects of the game.

BONUS PACKS

  • Soccer Fitness guide: Interval training exercises, fitness and agility skills (39.99)
  • Nutrition Guide: Best foods for before and after game, foods that will prevent cramping (44.95)
  • Epic soccer training vault: Video classroom sessions, tricks and moves, over 2 hours of videos (79.95)
  • Ultimate Soccer Coaching Guide to training: This is for coaches who want to learn how to maximize training time with their team, and run coaching sessions to keep players involved (24.95)

*the bonus packs are free, the price is what they are valued at.

PROS

  • Affordable pricing and sign up bonuses
  • Quality content
  • 100% money back guarantee within 8 weeks
  • Mobile friendly, Android, IOS

CONS

  • Online based, only PDFs are downloadable
  • Not quite sure if Matt Smith really was pro.

The choice is yours. There are many good training programs and I chose this one because of the affordability. Soccer camps are very expensive and not everyone is fortunate enough to afford them. Plus Matt brings up a good point when he says traditional soccer practices do not give players much time on the ball. If your really want to improve your skill, you need more time with ball. Whether or not Matt Smith was a pro or not, he does seem experienced. If you are serious about improving your skills, I do not see this as bad choice. There are plenty other reviews and there are some people who feel like it didn’t work for them or their kids, but hey, that’s going to happen with any product. There is no product out there in any category that will work for everyone, and that’s because not everyone is for the product. You have to put in the work for this to  work. The program is there to guide you and show new things and information, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you.vSo if you have made your choice and you want to sign up click below. Have a great day everyone

Epic Soccer Training

 

Soccer Player Diet- What you should be eating

 

“Practice makes perfect”, is a very true saying that I can remember as far back as me being a kid and will probably never stop being said. Another saying is “You are what you eat”, which is very true as well. If you eat garbage,  you will  be garbage, and in this case since we are soccer players our game will be garbage. Practicing is 50% of your performance and the other 50% is your diet. Now when I say diet it doesn’t mean fasting, eating meal replacements and that type of stuff, what diet really means is how you eat. Everyone has their own diet and based on what your life demands will determine the type of foods/nutrition you need. Now the information I’m going to give you is not something you will have to follow word for word, any type of athlete more or less needs same nutrition. This post is called the Soccer Player Diet because well, that’s what this website is about. Everyone is different and not everyone likes the same type of foods, so take the information I have given and use it to your advantage and feel free to share ideas/information as well.

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NUTRITION

CALORIES

It is important to make sure you take in the right amount of calories every day. More or less you will need to take in about…

  • 22-24 calories per pound of body weight a day.

FATS:

You need 3 types of fats to maintain a healthy balance.

  • Saturated – Eggs, Tropical oils (Coconut, palm kernel or palm ), and Animal fats
  • Monounsaturated –  Oils from plants (Avocado, nuts, olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, )
  • Polyunsaturated – can from plants and animals. (salmon, corn oil, soybean, flax seeds/oil, walnuts)

CARBS

Eat foods are slow burning/digesting such as…

  • Beans and legumes: Black beans, Pinto Beans, Butter Beans. Cannellini beans).
  • Whole grain breads and cereals: sourdough bread, rye bread, pumpernickel. Corn Tortillas, Muli Grain,
    Grains: Barley, buckwheat, bulgur wheat,  millet, cream of wheat, oatmeal, quinoa.
  • Pasta and Rice: Whole grain pasta,  Brown rice,  whole-wheat couscous, wild rice.
  • Sweet potatoes

PROTEIN

  • 1 – 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
  • Red and white meat
  • Eggs
  • Fish

 

FRUITS

Fruits rich in antioxidants are the ones you want to go for. The antioxidants well help reduce muscle soreness and inflamation when you have an injury. Here are some fruits that are high in antioxidants.

  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Cherries, and tart cherries
  • Pomegranite
  • Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, rasberries
  • Coconut water
  • Prunes
  • Pomegranate
  • Cocoa and Dark chocolate (not a fruit but a good source of antioxidants)

Veggies:

  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard greens, cabbage, romaine lettuce
  • Wheat grass ( VERY HEALTHY)
  • Barley grass
  • Spirulina
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados

*if you not a “veggie” type of person I would recommend taking supplements. Vegetables are extremely important in any diet. 

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Easy Meals

Break fast:

Scrambled eggs and cream of wheat

  • 2-3 eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • onions or green onions
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 of oatmeal or cream of wheat measured dry
  • 1-2 Tbls spoon honey
  • 1-2 Tbls spoon flax seeds

What I like to do is scramble the eggs separate in a pan at medium heat until about half way cooked , which will be about 2 minutes, and at the same time I have already chopped and mixed the, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions (measured to your liking) together and sautee them with vegetable/olive oil in a separate pan. Then once the mix is done ( you don’t have to cook them for long, about 1-2 minutes at medium heat) I mix it with the eggs then finish cooking for about another 1-2 minutes or  depending on how cooked you want the eggs. This is half of the breakfast, the second half will be the cream of wheat or oatmeal.

The cream of wheat is very easy to make but requires your up most attention. Measure  3/4- 1 cup of water or milk (you will get more calories if you use milk). Once water/milk is boiling, gradually pour the cream of wheat into the water/milk. Please keep in mind once at this step you will need to continuously stir the mix until you have an even consistency. Not to thick not to watery. If you let it sit, the cream of wheat will get hard and chunky. Next you will mix in the honey and flax seeds ( honey and flax seeds are very calorie dense). You will easily get between 700- 900 calories in this one meal alone! With the oatmeal it’s a lot easier, just mix the milk/water with the oatmeal from the start and cook until oatmeal is soft and you have a nice consistency. If this meal is to much for you, then do the eggs with a side of toast and a cup greek yogurt. And with the oatmeal/cream of wheat, mix in 1 serving of any fruit of your choice.

 

Lunch:

Turkey Wrap/burger

  • Turkey meat
  • cheddar cheese
  • 1/2- 1 avocado
  • 1 serving of spinach or any other type of leafy greens,
  • tomatoes
  • onions

Turkey is lean,  an excellent source of protein. and my on favorite type of meat, not to mention its pretty cheap. The ingredients for the wrap will be the same for both. Tomatoes, 1/2-1  avocado, spinach, cheddar cheese, onions and whole grain/multi grain wrap and/or bun. For the wrap you will want turkey fillets or you can find them at the store  cut up into chunks.  All you need to do to is cook the turkey on a pan with and assemble the wrap or burger. Quick and easy.

Snacks: 

  • Nuts (Walnuts, cashews, pecans, peanuts, pistachios etc.)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Dates
  • Dried fruit or fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas, cherries, pomegranate, mango, )
  • Peanut butter
  • Cocoa or dark chocolate

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Make sure you snack at least twice a day, before and after lunch.  Some people like to have protein shakes which is fine I guess, but they are very filling and it’s going to be miserable trying to get all these meals in, Ive been there. The key is to eat snacks that are light but calorie/nutrition dense. A quick and easy snack that you can prepare at home to have multiple serverings through your week is trail mix. The mix I make consists of raisins, almonds and dark chocolate chips. You can add things to this like banana chips, yogurt covered raisins or whatever. I like to keep it simple and light. The almonds may be a little pricey but that’s just how it is, they are expensive, raisins and dark chocolate chips are pretty cheap.

Dinner:

Salmon Dinner

  • 1 fillet of salmon
  • 2 lemons
  • 1tbl spoon of minced garlic or 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1 serving or mashed potatoes
  • 1 serving of salad (leafy greens) or aspargus

Samon is another great source of protein and has the healthy fats we need. What I like to do is soak the salmon in lemon juice for at least 20 minutes. Then I’ll spread some Italian herb paste mix which has parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary & thyme which you can find at any grocery store and sprinkle garlic on it. If you like fresh ingredients you can buy all the herbs mentioned in the paste chop them up. If you have a high speed blender use that to the work. Once its chopped up mix it with some olive oil. I usually bake the salmon at 400 degrees fahrenheit for about 30-40 minutes. One the side you want nice big portion of salad and mash potatoes or sweet potatoes. You can substitute the the potatoes for wild/brown rice.

 

Pre Game

Meals before the game need to be focused around carbs and avoid fatty foods. Here are some guidelines you can follow.

  • 1-4 g/kg of your body weight in carbs
  • 0.25-0.4 g/kg in protein

Post Game Recovery

After a match you want to focus on getting plenty of protein and carbs.

 

The information I have provided is based on my personal experiences and opinions and research I have done. For the meals I wanted to provide some examples of easy affordable meals you can easily prep at home without being a chef. I don’t consider myself a great cook, but I know how to get by. If you are the type that is on the go, really bad at cooking or just not a veggie lover. I recommend drinking veggies. You can blend them in a high speed blender ( I use the nutribullet) and add fruit as well or add your favorite juice to it for flavor. There’s also this company called Ora Organic that sells tons of supplements. There greens power is the one you would want. I hope you have found this information helpful and share your ideas here as well.

Soccer Coach Tips- Do’s and Dont’s

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Being any type of coach comes with a lot of responsibilities. Your not just teaching kids how to play a sport, you are their guardian and responsible for your players wellbeing and safety while their parents are gone. You need to be committed to these kids and set examples for them to follow. Kids tend  to listen more to other adults than parents so know you will be a big influence on your players. You might even have kids that dont like the sport much and you will have to find a way to make the practice fun and effective. Here are some things should and shouldn’t do if your are or planning on being a coach.

Commitment

This one is pretty obvious, if you want to be a coach don’t just do it if your only interest is making some side cash. You become a coach because you like kids and your satisfaction comes from seeing your players progress because of what you have taught them. You will have to travel, be early for games and practices, sometimes you may even have to give rides to one of your players once in a while. You have to lift their spirits when they are down, and certain players made need more attention than others. If you show up late for practice or miss them, this will rub off on them. If you don’t care neither will your players and you will even loose players. Be committed, and your players will be too.

Play time

Now, it’s natural to get competitive, I myself like to get competitive because it makes the game more interesting and exciting, but if your coaching kids it’s important for everyone to get a minimum amount of play time during a match. Some kids will get more play time than others if you have a large team, its just part of the sport, but you must make sure no one is left on the bench. We want to make sure the team wins and yes the best players will be needed but I would rather have player who eager to play than a player who is good but lazy. Trust me, when a player doesn’t get much play time on the field he/she is going to feel like they are not good enough to be trusted on the pitch and eventually he or she will have resentment towards you and may even leave the team. Or they will tell mom and dad and you will have a nice conversation with them. Not to mention your the coach, your job is to help them improve, and a player wont improve if you don’t believe in them. So, set a minimum and reasonable amount of time for each player and let them know from the start. If you set that expectation,  no one will complain if they get that. So be fair, you are in control.

Discipline

Disciplining your players is very important as. You want to make sure everyone is following the practice and players are getting along with each other. You are the authority so its important to go about discipline the right way. This opinion is up for debate so if any of you have better ways or want to add to this please do so in the comments. I would shy away from disciplining  a player individually, what I would is discipline the whole team including the offending player. By making the whole team pay the price now everyone else is going to make sure no one screws up again. You have now turned the tables made the team as a unit repsopsible for each others actions. This may seem unfair at first and everyone is going to be mad at the player but trust and believe no one on the team wants to be the one to get the whole team in trouble again. I would stay away from anything excessive like running multiple laps, push ups for the rest of practice. Instead if there is a certain fun activity you have at practice, maybe shave off time or take that activity away, or maybe a lap or two around the field. You be the judge.

Communicate with Parents

Parents can be annoying at soccer games sometimes, but you can’t blame them for being supportive and wanting to be part of their kids lives and activities. It is important to set boundaries and keep them involved/informed as well. Like with your players, set expectations, let them know what you expect from their kids and what they can expect from you. Let them know about the rules have, the minimum play time and how you handle disruptive players. You also want to know if a player as a limitation, special need, pretty much anything that may factor into the players performance. Every player will not be the same.

 

The information I have shared is all based off of personal experience, opinions and research. There’s no recipe for being the “perfect coach”. Every coach has his or own style of coaching and way engaging kids/adults. The import thing to remember is to do what you are comfortable with and what will benefit the team as a whole and understanding each player as an individual. If your looking ways to improve  yourself as a coach I left a link below to a coaching program.   Again, please feel free to leave comments.

professionalsoccercoaching.com

 

Have a great day

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

 

Adidas Smart Soccer Ball- The future of soccer training.

Adidas Smart Soccer Ball

Available on Amazon

adidas smart ball

The Adidas Smart Soccer Ball is is pushing the boundaries of soccer training. If you thought the DribbleUP Smart ball was amazing, this one blows it out of the park. The technology behind this ball is far more advanced. The app comes gives you instant feedback based on your performance, it has challenges in the app that you can do by yourself or with a friend and much more.

The app.

The Adidas Smart Ball comes with an app called miCoach,  just like any other smart device. The ball is synced with the app via bluetooth allowing it to provide real time/life data. Yes you do need to charge the ball but other than that is pretty much a regular. One charge will last about 1 to 2 weeks based on how much you use it. It requires to be inflated just like any other ball. Not to crazy about the design though. The DUdribble app is good, but will only allow you practice in front of the phone. Meaning you will only be able to work on your touches. Since the Adidas Smart ball syncs with its app via bluetooth, The miCoach app will show how to shoot around walls, and where you need to strike the ball, and will give you instant feedback on your accuracy and speed of the ball. It will even show you the flight path the ball took when you struck the ball.  The miCoach app is literally like having a personal coach. Here are the options within the app.

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Kick It  is like a free play option in videos games used to measure your kicks. The user will determine with which foot will be used,  then tap on  Kick,  and then shoot after you hear a whistle.

Get Better:  In Get Better, the app gives a complete feed back of your shots. Based on what type of shots you are trying to do, the app will give you tips on what to work on whether its more speed, more spin, less power,  etc. the app will tell you. You will also be see the ball spin, speed, point of contact and flight path. In this section there are ball mastery videos, and modules for striking, free kicks and spin.

  • Challenges:This where all the fun is. In this section you can set a goal range for the type of shot you want to take. There are also pro challenges that allow you to work on around the wall/over the wall shots and tell you how much speed and spin you need to accomplish the shots. You can even add a user so you and your friend compete.

This ball is amazing. I will be getting one soon and will be posting a video about it soon. Righ now Adidas is sold out so you will not be able to buy from them know, and I’m clueless to know if they will even be making more. The ball is available on amazon at the moment. Hope you found this review helpful and if you do happen to buy one, feel free to share your experience below. Have a great day.

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Soccer Training Equipment- The smart ball

We live in the age of information and technology. Over the past 10 years technology has very much revolutionized everything around us. It has created new ways of doing things, so that our lives can become easier and do things more effectively. We have, smart phones, smart tv’s, smart refrigerators, smart toasters! Ok I made that last one up, but I bet if you google it I’m sure theres something out there. I came across this one product that I thought was pretty amazing, ready?…. The smart ball. Sounds amazing right? It is. Heres everything you need to know about The DribbleUP Smart Soccer Ball.

DribbleUp Smart Soccer Ball

DribbleUp Smart Soccer ball

The DU Smart Soccer ball, is a smart ball built like any other genuine soccer ball. There are no batteries, wires or any electronic components to it. So no need to worry about how the ball will feel, its a real soccer ball. However what separtes this ball from the ones you and I grew up playing with, is that it seeminglessly pairs with the app that is used for training.

How does it work

When the app is launched, the ball is placed in front of the phone and phone will scan the ball and then viola, the ball is now in sync with the app. The ball keeps track of your touches and speed and after the drill is up, you will get feed back on your performance so you will know what to work on. This will allow you to easily train from the comfort of your home or anywhere else. Another cool thing you can do is if you have a smart tv, you can mirror your phone to the tv so you can have a larger view of what your doing.

Features

  • real time audio feed back
  • virtual trainer
  • drill by drill breakdown,
  • no wires, chargers or batteries
  • tablet/cell phone stand

 

If your looking for ways to effectively train on your own without investing to much money, this is a great option for you. You can buy the DU smart ball for as low as $99.99 on Amazon if you get it with out the tablet stand. This would make a great gift for anyone trying to improve their skills. If your not impressed, Adidas has their own smart ball that is more high tech than the Dribble up. This particular ball does require it to be charged but depending on how much you use it one charge can last up to a week. The Adidas website is currently sold out, but you can buy it on Amazon. If you want to read my review before you buy it, you can follow this link. And please, feel free to leave comments. Have a great day.

adidas smart ball

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME