3 results for month: 03/2016

Two Front Squat Variations to Improve Your Athleticalism*

IMG_4305 Squatting is one of our first movements we learn as a child, and it was one of the first exercises I performed when I stepped into the weight room years ago. I think it is fair to say that the squat gives you the most bang for your buck when becoming more *athletical on the field and in life. There are many different variations of squats, but today I’m focusing on the barbell front squat. It is my all time favorite exercise and one that I instantly saw a correlation between the weight room and the soccer field. The barbell front squat isn’t the easiest exercise to perform since it requires a significant amount of mobility in your thoracic spine (upper back) and ankles and flexibility in your wrists. And, at the same time it challenges your anterior core (front of your body) to maintain an up-right posture at the bottom of the squat. Making it a challenging exercise to perform properly and efficiently.... More

Lessons Learned

IMG_2856 On December 21, 2014 I was carried off the field after helping my Australian team win the championship game. This was my final professional soccer game before hanging up my boots for good. Fast-forward 453 days and my alarm goes off at 4:45am – time to train. Not myself, but our first group of clients at Ambitious Athletics. It has been a whirlwind of a year, one filled with a ton of new experiences and lessons. The biggest lesson has been the transition from an athlete’s mindset to a coach’s mindset. Now after a year under my belt as a full time coach I thought there was no better time to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve come to understand. I realized that many of the life lessons I learned from soccer are the same lessons that I’ve applied in my first year as a coach.... More

The Power of Play

IMG_4172Talking to young Samoan soccer players. Photo credit: Ola Thorsen

 

I just returned from 2+ weeks of travel to New Zealand and Samoa. I was traveling in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer. We packed a ton of work into a short amount of time and besides the fifteen-hour flight to and from Auckland there was quite a bit of travel within the travel.

Needless to say, I was busy, but overall the trip was fantastic. I trained young athletes, met with educators on how to grow the sport of soccer, and spoke to LGBTQ advocates about my experience as an out athlete. I love this work. As I’ve been afforded so many incredible experiences through my playing career it’s wonderful to be able to share my stories and help those who haven’t been as fortunate or need a bit of guidance in their journey.... More