Scott Parker: Improve your stamina

The Fulham midfielder on the benefits of short, sharp bursts

I really struggle to last 90 minutes because I burn myself out too early in the first half. How do you maintain your fitness levels throughout the game?
Rory Murray, via email

Scott Parker says:
"Interval training is something I've used in my training regime for long parts of my footballing career.

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I normally do blocks of four minutes, either on the treadmill or on the training pitch. So that's four minutes at a gentle jog followed by four minutes at a near sprint.

You should repeat this four times so that you're running for 32 minutes in total. You'll find this is something that really helps your general fitness as the season goes on.

I think the days have gone when you jog around the field for half an hour. It's more about short, sharp bursts in the modern game."

Also see:
Scott Parker: Maximise your potential

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