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Do Soccer Players Need to Bench Press?

Take a look at the Barcelona players. Yeah, they're not huge muscle bound athletes. No, they're actually pretty skinny overall. The players at Barcelona would rather spend time with the soccer ball than at a gym. And can you blame them. Of course not. Soccer is all about the ball at your foot. Skills on the ball.

Take a look at Landon Donovan, the LA Galaxy forward isn't spending time trying to increase his bench press max. No, he too is spending more time on the soccer field kicking a soccer ball. He'd rather work on his weaker foot or free kicks than try to increase his bench press number.

At the same time, it's not to say you should stop doing the bench press entirely, but there's no reason to build up so much muscle that it actually slows you down and makes you less mobile.

Build your core strength and don't focus too much on trying to become a weight lifting champion. You can do the bench press but go for endurance rather than building up bulk that will slow you down. See how many reps you can do or push ups you can do rather than trying to max out.

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