Who Else Wants Their Child to Be Faster, Stronger and In Great Shape Next Time They Step on a Soccer Field?
Soccer is one of the most physically demanding games in the world.
Whether it’s sprinting to make a play on a ball, being strong enough to hold off a defender, or having the stamina to last 60, 75, or even 90 minutes, your child needs a ton of physical abilities to be successful.
That’s why writing a program for a soccer player is so tough. You need a blend of speed, strength, power, and conditioning to be an elite athlete.
Let’s start with a quick Q&A. Can you answer “Yes” to any (or all) of the following statements?
- I want my child to be faster,
- I want my child to be stronger or more powerful,
- I want my child to improve his or her conditioning.
If so, let me tell you a little bit about IFAST, and what we have to offer your young soccer player.
Train Alongside the Pros
As I mentioned above, writing a training program for a young soccer player isn’t easy.
In fact, it’s one of the hardest programs a coach will ever write. That blend of speed, strength, power and conditioning is tough to balance.
And I should know. My name is Mike Robertson – I’m not only the strength and conditioning coach for the Indy Eleven, but I’ve worked with numerous MLS pros as well (more on this later).
The key is this: You have to have a vision for where you want that soccer player to end up.
You can have an athlete that embodies all of those qualities, but you can’t necessarily train them all at once.
That’s why what we do here at IFAST is so special. It’s not a shotgun approach to training.
And it’s probably not going to make the social media highlight reel.
But what we do here is unique because we take your child, determine their exact strengths and weaknesses, and then create a customized program that helps them unlock their athletic potential
Here’s how our process works…
The IFAST Approach to Soccer Training
At IFAST, our goal is to help your child become a complete soccer player.
One that is not only powerful and explosive, but one that is also resilient prepared for the rigors of high-level soccer.
At IFAST, we use a three-step process to build better athletes:
- We assess your child’s body in both an orthopedic and sport-specific environment.
Our goal is to figure out how your child moves, along with their strength and weaknesses, so that we can create a program custom-built for them.
- We build an individualized program that is designed specifically for them.
The needs of soccer players can vary widely depending on the position they play. We will create a program that takes into account their goals as an athlete, while combining them with the specifics elements they need to take their athletic performance to the next level.
- We get them in the gym and coach them up!
The best program on paper does nothing without proper coaching. With a keen eye on the details of every movement, we make sure that your child is getting the absolute most out of every set and every rep.
But rather than brag about ourselves and what we have to offer, here are a few testimonials from athletes and coaches in the soccer community.
What People are Saying about IFAST Soccer
It’s been our distinct pleasure to work with some amazing professional soccer players including Indy Eleven, Chad Marshall, Eriq Zavaleta, Danny O’Rourke, Ray Gaddis, Brian Carroll, and Lori Lindsey.
The IFAST team will do anything possible to keep me on the pitch
About a year after a major knee surgery, I still didn’t feel close to 100%. After getting in contact with Mike and going through an extensive evaluation, it was a miracle I could walk, let alone play a professional sport. His biomechanical knowledge, attention to detail and overall concern for my well-being are unparalleled in this industry.
Thanks to Mike and everyone at IFAST, not only am I feeling better than I’ve felt in years, but I’ve been blessed with a team that will do anything possible to both keep me on the pitch and to improve my game.
With Mike’s help I’m confident that my best years are yet to come.
Continually honing my fitness regimen
Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to work with top fitness professionals.
The thing that has always drawn me to Mike is what sets him apart: his relaxed demeanor while maintaining unceasing intensity and dedication to his field. He’s in constant learning mode, which serves to position him at the forefront of the industry.
I can personally relate to his approach as I try to maintain a laid-back attitude while continually honing my fitness regimen in order to be the best that I can be in my sport.
I felt better than I have ever felt in my life
Mike and I trained this offseason, focusing on core stability and striving to make my body work as a seamless, integrated unit. I really enjoyed the training; Mike is very fun to work with while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
Going into the new season, I felt better than I have ever felt in my life and achieved newfound levels of fitness.
Customizes their methods to enhance each athlete’s development
We have two children heavily involved in the sport of soccer playing in the top youth leagues in the country. We were looking for additional core and physical training; soccer specific for our kids.
We were provided with the name Mike Robertson of IFAST from some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the country. Mike’s recommendation from medical professionals in conjunction with his reputation of working with both professional soccer and basketball players is why we chose IFAST. Mike analyzes each athlete’s strengths along with areas needing improvement and customizes his methods to enhance each athlete’s development.
Being involved more specifically with professional soccer players made us feel much more confident that our kids were acquiring a great foundation to build upon to reach their full potential.
Made me the fit and strong athlete I am today
I walked into IFAST 4 years ago with all hope lost in solving my back pain. I’d been to what seemed like 20 physical therapists and doctors for advice and an answer.
IFAST has not only helped me with my injuries, but has also made me the fit and strong athlete I am today. And I owe it all to Mike. I go back to train at IFAST with Mike any chance I get because their programs work. Mike works. He is the best coach I have ever had and seen. The way he communicates and works with people/athletes is inspiring.
I hope that IFAST’s knowledge and coaching abilities become the leader of strength and conditioning programs for athletes. I look forward to work outs at IFAST because I know the way I am training is beneficial and will pay off. I have gone into two collegiate soccer seasons feeling in the best shape of my life through their program.
I would recommend any professional club in the area to utilize their services
Mike Robertson and his staff are, in my opinion, one of the very top strength and conditioning and performance enhancement groups in the Midwest. Since I recommended them to a US Women’s National Team player I was working with in 2009, I have encouraged any of my athletes living in the Midwest to train with Mike Robertson if at all possible.
I have had several of my athletes train with him, as well as recommend any intern that has worked under me to spend time there visiting.
I think Mike and his staff have a unique ability to look at soccer players as holistic athletes – teaching them to move better, assessing, correcting, and strengthening their weak links, and prescribing the right amount of metabolic (fitness) training. There is quite honestly no one I trust more in the Midwest to train my athletes more in the off-season than Mike, and I would recommend any professional club in the area to utilize his services.
My experience at IFAST has been nothing but positive
My experience at IFAST has been nothing but positive. I began having back pain towards the end of the club season of my sophomore year. What started out as mild pain worsened, causing me to miss sessions to rest.
After finishing that season, my family and I went to numerous therapists and back specialists. No one was able to give us a definitive answer, and we saw no improvement. After learning about IFAST and hearing about the success they have had with athletes, we were fortunate enough to get an appointment there. With just one assessment they had pinpointed what the problem was and gave me a personalized program to go about correctin git.
Now, I am currently playing pain-free Division 1 level soccer, and even went into my first season as one of the top conditioned athletes despite having missed the majority of the previous two years.
In my honest opinion, I do not believe that you could find a more knowledgable staff or better facilities for improving athletic performance.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Give us a call at 317.578.0998, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your child is interested in training at IFAST.
We'll get your child booked for a FREE athletic development training session, where they can go through a class and see what IFAST has to offer.
So what are you waiting for?
Call or email us TODAY so we can start making your child an athletic force on the soccer field!
All the best,
Co-Owner, Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training