American Soccer Superstar: The Landon Donovan Workout


Read our report of the Landon Donovan Workout, which has led this Texan to the heights of international soccer stardom.

“Life isn’t perfect, of course, but we all know it’s how you react to things that counts.”


  • Accomplishments:
    • All time leader in scoring and assists
    • 4 time winner of U.S soccer athlete of the year award
    • 7 time winner of Honda player of the year
    • On January 15, 2015 the major soccer league announced it was naming its MVP award after Donovan
    • Landon Donovon MVP award
    • Best young player award in 2002 FIFA World Cup

The Landon Donovan Workout For Soccer Stardom

  • Diet and Nutrition:
    • Eating a well-balanced and nutritious meal is important to Donovan.
    • Believes that great athletes who don’t eat well would perform better if they did
  • Workout and Fitness:
    • Chooses to do gym exercises that specifically focus on improving movements important to soccer: Core, glutes, and hip flexor workouts are his priority
    • Speed warm-up to start followed by speed-training. The idea is to build muscle memory in the fast twitch muscles, so that he can draw on his speed at any time
    • Performs various traditional soccer fitness exercises such as skipping while swinging the arms, side shuffles, ham kicks, skips steps, knee raises
    • Plyometric exercises are performed, which are designed to build explosive power in the legs
    • These are followed by more soccer exercises such as bounding steps, jumping hurdles, various other agility training routines
    • Conditioning with high intensity training, using fast sprints to increase lactic acid threshold
    • His coach tests his players by measuring their body fat percentage – he uses this as a guide to see how hard they are training. The target body fat percentage is 6.9%
    • About 1 hour of cardio training is done per session

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