Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Gordon Bradley Practice

What was a daily workout in the NASL like? In addition to scrimmaging, lots of fitness drills. Doug Dugan explains part of Gordon Bradley's practice regimen.  
Bradley, far left, makes a point during a 1979 practice on the RFK auxiliary field.

"One of Gordon's favorite fitness drills was having us running up the RFK upper level stairs, crossing over, carefully walking down, and then do it again about ten times." 

The steep and narrow upper level stairs at RFK Stadium.

"Or doing laps for speed around the walkway of the upper level of the stadium (half of  which is shown in yellow). Nobody was immune from this torture unless you were injured."

"It's hard to describe, but the training had a different sort of vibe at the professional level.  The players knew they had a job to do, and what their role was going to be, and got on with it."

Some practices were more memorable than others. http://washingtondiplomats.blogspot.com/2014/11/never-dull-moment.html

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