What ages is your training for?
All of our training is designed for players aged 14+ who have atleast 1 year of prior resistance training experience.
What is the difference between your self-training ebook programmes and the 1-1 Elite programme?
Our self-training programmes and guides are ready made and provide you with all of the information you need to train yourself as well as a structured plan to follow.
With Elite programme, you work 1-1 with one of our coaches (online) and follow the plan which they have designed specifically for you within our elite training app. You will communicate with your coach daily and they will tailor your training and schedule for you on an ongoing basis. They will also take you through an in-depth induction at the start of the programme and provide a personalised report of the data which is collected as well as continue to monitor and record your progress whilst following the programme. We also provide more advanced exercises and routines (where appropriate) compared to the self-training ebook programmes. Finally we tailor your training around the equipment that you have available.
Will I need a training partner?
No! All of our programmes are designed for an individual player to follow completely by themselves, without help from a partner or coach.
What is the Online Academy?
The Online Academy is a membership platform where we provide additional video and audio lessons which players can learn from to support their training efforts. This is completely seperate product from our training programmes. Within this platform you will also find our forum where you can connect with other members as well as post questions for James and the other Matchfit coaches to directly respond to. Click on "Online Academy" from the main menu to take a free look around and join.
We include a free 30 day trial to the Online Academy with every training programme. Claiming your free trial is 100% optional and has to be done manually. You'll receive a seperate pdf file outlining instructions on how to claim your free 30 days to your email.
What are some of the more specific topics covered in your training?
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.
Can I train with you if I don’t live in the UK?
Yes, all of our training is done online so you can train with us from anywhere in the world!
Can I start at any stage of the season?
Yes, the design of all of our training allows you to get started no matter what stage of the season you’re currently at.
Can I train with you alongside my team sessions?
Yes absolutely, all of our training is designed with this in mind.
Can I train with you if I’m coming back from injury?
All of our training is designed for players who are currently not injured only. You should complete your rehab with your physio and return to competitive play first. You will also find injury rehab guidelines for an array of football injuries within the injury prevention self-training programme.
Does your training include technical ball work?
We do add the ball in where appropriate when looking for an increased challenge for coordination, focus or ball control under fatigue, but our focus is always on physical and mental fitness development.
What equipment will I need? (Self-training programmes)
To complete the full bundle, 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.
How will I receive the self-training programmes?
Immediately after placing your order, you will receive an email to your inbox with links to download the entire programme which is split into pdf files. You download these and view them on your laptop or mobile device and have access to them for life. The PDFs include the links to all exercise videos. These can be downloaded to be viewed offline using the vimeo app.
How many workouts are there per week? (Self-training programmes)
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.
What if I’ve got questions?
If you have questions about your order you can email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have specific questions about your training then you can post these inside the Online Academy forum. If you're on the Elite programme simply DM your coach from within the training app.
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. For more advanced exercises and routines you must join our Elite programme.
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 a programme.
The most significant and lasting results occur in those players who are committed to following their programme long term.
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 advise that goalkeepers join the Elite programme for a specific plan.
What is the football fitness bible about?
The Football Fitness Bible book is not a training programme that you follow, it is advanced training and nutrition information which can be appled to any programme whether you train with Matchfit or elsewhere. You can buy the eBook version from our website or the physical version from Amazon.
Do you train players younger than age 14?
We currently provide training for players aged 14+ only. We advise that all players have atleast 1 year of prior resistance training experience before training with Matchfit.