Sprint, stop, head, control, pass, dribble. Repeating these actions over 90 minutes is punishing on the body.
Players who can do this with the same level of intensity from the first kick to the final whistle are the ones who make a difference when it matters most.
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While others tire, they can keep going. If you want to be the hero who runs hard to the very end you need to incorporate high intensity interval training (HIIT) into your workouts.
To help you take your game up a notch we asked elite trainer Jamie Reynolds, to devise a football specific HIIT workout, that you could set-up with ease and minimal equipment.
So grab a football, some cones and a stopwatch and get to work.