If you’re looking to add power to your shot, it makes sense to focus on making your legs ultra-strong, so you can launch the ball into the net like a it's a heat-seeking missile. But if you want to improve your overall game—and boost your shot at the same time—you should focus on strengthening your core and your lower body, too.
Core strength is essential for athletes in all sports, but especially for soccer players, says Paul Caffrey, the Houston Dynamo’s director of sports performance. “For me, the core is extremely important for players, glute strength, lower body strength, and hip mobility are important—a strong core helps add power and prevent injuries.”
Focusing on core strength can also benefit flexibility, endurance, and stamina: “We do a lot of work on hip mobility and hip strength, because there's a lot of muscles that are connecting together—they need to be strong for players to run as much as they do. If you have tight hips, then you will be less mobile, you’ll be less functional, less powerful.”
Here are 3 methods Caffrey recommends for adding core and lower body strength: