1. What equipment will I need?
To complete the programme, the minimum requirement is that you have access to standard gym equipment (a TRX/ suspension trainer is also a bonus), a football, a field/football pitch and a set of 20 markers. That’s the minimum. You can use all of this equipment to improvise on any of our sessions which include agility poles, hurdles and ladders if you do not have access to those.
2. What age and level is the programme designed for?
The programme is designed for elite players, ages 16 and above who are either currently at a pro club or aspiring to become pro.
3. Do I need a partner?
The programme is designed for an individual player to follow completely by themselves, without help from a partner or coach.
4. What’s covered in the programme?
The programme covers absolutely everything you’ll need in order to achieve peak physical condition for football and excel at a professional level.
This includes: fitness testing, speed, stamina, nutrition, injury prevention, psychology, suppleness and all elements of strength training. We’ve included separate plans to follow during the in season and in the off/pre season, which incorporates all of these elements of training combined into one plan.
Everything you need in terms of fitness training for the entire season, year after year is 100% catered for.
5. What are some of the more specific topics covered in the programme?
The following plus tons more: reactions, change of direction, multi-directional explosiveness, movement mechanics, deceleration, acceleration, max speed, muscular endurance, muscular hypertrophy, power, max strength, flexibility, myofascial release, muscle activation, pre-match priming, speed repeatability, yoga, recovery, pre-match meals, half-time snacks, post-match meals, hydration, posture, anxiety, confidence, nerves, visualisation, self-talk and goal-setting.
6. How will I receive the programme?
Immediately after placing your order, you will receive an email to your inbox with links to download the entire programme. The programme is in PDF format, includes hundreds of videos and can be downloaded to your desktop, tablet or mobile device.
7. Do you ship me a physical book?
No, the programme is digital and is in pdf format.
8. Can I get the programme if I don’t live in the UK?
Yes, you can purchase and start training from anywhere in the world. The programme download links are sent instantly to your email inbox after purchase.
9. How will I know where to start?
As part of the programme you will find a welcome pdf which explains exactly how to get started.
10. Can I start at any stage of the season?
Yes, the design of our programme allows you to get started no matter what stage of the season you’re currently at. Again, this is explained in the welcome pdf which you will receive.
11. How many workouts are there per week?
Workouts per week will range from 3-5 depending on which stage of the season you are at. We show you how to schedule them so that you still have a lot of recovery time and don’t risk over-training or fatigue. We also explain what to do if you have a particularly heavy team schedule.
During the season each workout is no longer than 45 minutes max, we have made it of paramount importance to make the workouts as time efficient as possible. The field-based sessions during the off-season can be up to 90 minutes (including set up time). The workouts will also vary in intensity, for example a 45 mobility or yoga workout vs a 30-minute stamina session.
The programme is geared towards ensuring peak performance during team training and matches 100% of the time. The programme will compliment your performance not hinder it.
12. What is the Matchfit Academy?
This is our members only platform where we upload new video content every week to help you maximise the results of your training. We also show you some more advanced training techniques which you can incorporate into your training. It’s best for you to head inside the academy yourself and check it out. As part of the programme you receive a 30-day FREE trial to the Matchfit Academy.
Some examples of topics which are covered are: how strong should you be in relation to your bodyweight, when to use parachutes and weighted sleds, how to maintain your fitness whilst injured, nutrition for reducing illness, how to reduce bloating, how to lose fat and add muscle during the season and how to prevent cramp.
The link is included in the welcome pdf. You will need to manually start that trial yourself, it’s not something which automatically starts when you buy the training programme.
Once your trial is completed there is a monthly subscription fee to retain access (outlined when signing up for your trial). You can cancel your trial or your subscription easily at any time from within your Matchfit Academy account when logging in.
13. Why do you ask for my shipping address at checkout if you are not physically shipping anything?
This is a field we cannot remove from the checkout process. It also helps protect against fraudulent orders, by ensuring that the billing details match the shipping address.
14. Can I incorporate my own equipment into the programme?
We suggest that you follow the programme exactly as is outlined. Inside the Matchfit Academy we teach you how and when to incorporate extra equipment such as sleds and parachutes.
15. Can I buy the individual parts of the programme separately?
No, this is no longer possible. The entire training programme delivers the best results and serves our customers at a deeper level.
16. Will I get future updates for free?
Yes, we make regular updates and additions to the programme, you will automatically receive these 100% free to your email inbox when the update is ready.
17. What do I do once I’ve completed the programme?
The beauty of its design is that the principles of training it is built around will never change. You can repeat the programme again and continue to improve, we also show you how to progress and make the programme even more specific to you inside the Matchfit Academy.
18. What if I’ve got questions?
As part of the programme you will also get access to a private Facebook group where you can post questions and get an answer from our coaching team within 24 hours. The link is provided in your welcome pdf.
19. What happens if I get injured and can’t train?
The Matchfit Academy includes detailed rehab guidance about many common football injuries, and teaches you how to maintain your fitness whilst injured.
20. How can I be sure this will work for me?
The combination of the training programme, the Matchfit Academy and our Facebook group personalised support ensures that you will achieve the results you are looking for.
The programme is built upon scientific principles of training, any issues with your results can easily be analysed and resolved with the dedicated help of our coaching team.
Our team is highly qualified and experienced in the fields of strength and conditioning, injury prevention and nutrition (more details on our about page).
21. Can I do this alongside my team sessions?
Yes absolutely, the programme has been designed with this in mind.
22. How can I track my progress?
The programme includes a complete guide to fitness testing and monitoring your workload. We show you which fitness tests you need to do and how to track your progress in each area of fitness. Printouts which enable you to track your psychological state, energy and physical workload are also included, so that you can prevent over-training, identify when you’re at increased risk of injury and visually see how your body’s work capacity is improving over time.
23. Can I do this with a friend?
A purchase only licences the programme to be used by one player, and support for each purchase only includes one player.
24. What if it’s too easy for me?
The programme is designed to challenge even the fittest players, all of the workouts can be easily scaled to be made more or less difficult. Again, we teach you how to add further complexity (only once you’ve earned the right to progress) inside the Matchfit Academy.
25. How long will it be until I see results?
It varies player to player, but psychological improvements can be almost instant. Generally, our players report the first signs of visible physical and psychological improvement within 3-4 weeks of beginning the programme.
The most significant and lasting results occur in those players who are committed to following the programme as it is described long term.
View this programme as an investment rather than a cost. Long term It has the ability to pay you back thousands of times over in many areas of your life (not just football related or financially), and will also help you steer clear of physio related costs.
26. Can I follow the programme if I’m coming back from injury?
The programme is designed for players who are currently not injured only. You should complete your rehab with your physio and return to competitive play first. For more guidance on injuries and how to maintain fitness whilst injured, join the Matchfit Academy.
27. Does the programme include technical ball work?
Our focus and expertise is in strength and conditioning, so our number 1 priority is making you fitter to perform on the football pitch. A lot of the time that means training without the ball for maximal results. After all, you will still be training with your team and doing a lot of ball work outside of this programme. However we do add the ball in where appropriate when looking for an increased challenge for coordination, focus or ball control under fatigue.
28. Can goalkeepers use this programme?
The entire programme has been designed for outfield players. Goalkeepers can still greatly benefit, but it is in no way the most efficient or specific way of training for a goalkeeper. With that said, the elements of the programme which can be easily adapted to goalkeepers and are still for the most part very beneficial to goalkeeping performance are: Nutrition, psychology, fat burn & bodyweight conditioning and speed. We plan to release a fitness guide 100% catered to goalkeepers in the future.
29. How much content is in the programme?
Please remember that you are paying for a transformation in your mind and body first and foremost, not information. We have made the programme as succinct and easy to follow as possible. It is a combined total of 213 pages including over 350 videos.