Fitwise Training's New Soccer Skills and Conditioning with Marcelo Balboa iTunes App

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New educational soccer training mobile apps by Fitwise Training, Inc. help keep kids active and healthy.

Fitwise Training, Inc. recently added its popular Soccer Skills and Soccer Conditioning apps featuring Marcelo Balboa, retired American soccer defender, to the iTunes® app store. Each app is $2.99 and contains six different skill lessons or conditioning exercises geared for youth soccer players age 8 to 15. Players, their coaches and parents can choose the lesson or exercise they want or the app can randomly choose one for them.

The soccer skills and conditioning exercises are the newest addition to Fitwise Training’s already extensive library of downloadable exercise training videos. The soccer skills are taught and demonstrated by Marcelo Balboa, a retired professional soccer player who was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005, the USL Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame member in April 2012. The soccer conditioning exercises are taught by personal trainer and club soccer coach, Jenny Jurkowski, who holds a United States Soccer Federation National Coaching License and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Marcelo Balboa demonstrates the fitness/conditioning exercises while Jenny Jurkowski describes the technique.

“The goal when developing these exercises was to provide the building blocks to teach kids how to play soccer using the correct technique,” said Balboa. “Proper technique is critical to mastering these skills, and sometimes it can be difficult for kids to remember when they are on the soccer field and away from practice. Giving kids the opportunity to watch the clips in real time while they practice at home or with friends goes a long way in reinforcing the skills.” Skills covered include passing, driving, heading, juggling, chest trapping, and receiving.

Targeting a workout program toward young people was a no-brainer for Fitwise Training, Inc. founder and CEO, Jennifer Lesea-Ames, M.S., CSCS. “Today’s youth are the ones with the gadgets: iPhones® and other mobile devices such as Kindle Fire. Why not give them the opportunity to use their technology for something that benefits them physically and mentally? It’s very important that we provide kids with opportunities and resources to get in proper physical condition, help reduce their risk of getting injured, and help prevent burnout. Ultimately, our intention is to instill a sense of fitness and healthy living that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Youth soccer is one of the most popular organized youth sports in America, with over 3 million registered players between the ages of five and nineteen. Recent studies show that youth sports-related injuries are increasing along with increased sports participation. Along with the typical sprains and strains are a lot of overuse injuries — stress fractures, tendonitis, and cartilage damage. Sports medicine experts recommend youth sports participants engage in a proper injury prevention program. However, many people do not have the financial means to hire a certified sports conditioning specialist or coach to work privately with their children.

Parents wondering how to get their children involved in an exercise injury prevention program can now look to Fitwise Training, Inc. for a convenient, fun and affordable solution.

The Soccer Skills and Conditioning app on iTunes® joins the Android AppStore® available on Amazon® for download to the Amazon Kindle Fire® and other devices.

About Fitwise Training, Inc.

Based in Lafayette, CO, FitwiseTraining.com is an original “portable fitness trainer” that combines the demand for personalized workouts that are affordable and fun with the growing market of portable video technology. These instructional, professionally produced exercise video segments provide customers with the benefits of a live certified fitness professional or sports coach, but at a more affordable cost and with the convenience of using the program anywhere at any time. The video clips and accompanying audio demonstrate proper technique, improving the individual’s desired results and reducing the risk of injury.

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