7 results for tag: Female Athletes

4 Keys To USWNT Olympic Success

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I don’t know about you but I absolutely love the Olympics. The games are only a few days away and if you’re like me – you’re ecstatic!  In my opinion the Olympics are the pinnacle of sport that is a wonderful showcase of years of commitment and hard work from the athletes. Plus, it reminds me of some of my most favorite memories from my playing days with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Four years ago on August 9, 2012 we won the gold medal match against Japan at the London Olympic games. The year prior we had just lost to Japan in the World Cup final so there was a lot of excitement and redemption to be had. Our second U.S. professional domestic league had folded a few months after the World Cup final so going into the games we had six months of preparation solely as a team and we were ready to showcase all of our hard work. We were eager to compete, and win gold after our heartbreaking loss the year prior.... More

When History Repeats Itself

There are times when the "past repeating itself"  is a wonderful thing - for example when the U.S. Women's National Team won the World Cup last summer for the third time and the first time since 1999. And, then there are times when the "past repeating itself" is better if the past, well, just stays in the past - for example when women's professional soccer teams play on a "field" that is the outfield of a baseball field. Let me explain.... More

Use Strength Training As Your Second Sport

It’s a wonderful time to be a young female athlete – especially a female soccer player. There are so many more opportunities to participate in soccer today compared to when I was growing up. No matter your age, where you live - there is a league, team, or school program to play on. Not to mention, there is unlimited access to watch professional players train and play live and via television. Plus, there are amazing role models from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) our U.S. based professional league and U.S. Women’s National Team to be inspired by - like myself. ;) Subscribe to my newsletter here. 479686472-teammates-hold-the-trophy-following-the-teams-win-in.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2

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Single Leg Training – Are You Doin’ It?

If I had to choose one area in my training that made the biggest difference in enhancing my performance and keeping me injury free during my playing career it would be: single leg training. Of course I think bilateral (performed on two legs) exercises like squatting and deadlifting are vital, I mean I didn’t get the nickname “Quadzilla” from watching the weights pick up themselves, but it was the single leg work that was the game changer. index Think about it, the majority of life is spent on one leg: walking, running, jumping, change of direction or cutting in sports all happen on one leg. Therefore it only makes sense to train on one leg.... More

Is Your Bucket Full? 3 Tips for Better Recovery

Recovery is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to performance. Yet, it is often the most overlooked component of training. We live in a world where there are so many demands on us to be more, do more and we give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to take care of ourselves. There is a saying "You're only as good as you are recovered." Meaning if you’re only 60% recovered from your previous training session then you will only be 60% ready to perform in your next training session. Therefore, if you are constantly worn down, fatigued, injured then you clearly aren’t able reap the benefits of your training. 640692_orig Many of us mistakenly believe that it’s the actual training that makes us better. In reality though, our training is breaking down our muscles. It’s the quality of our recovery where we reap the benefits of all our hard work in the gym.... More

Exercises I Used During My Playing Days, Wished I Had Incorporated While Playing, & Will Continue to Use: Loaded Carries

My hope is that by now you have a clear understanding about the purpose behind my website – this is the channel I want to use on a regular basis in order to help young athletes and women become a stronger and better version of themselves.  I know that some of you have no intention of making a division 1 or national team roster, but I do know that most of you that read my material want to move, feel, and perform better than you currently do. Since hanging up my boots, it’s become my sole purpose to help as many young athletes and women fearlessly step up to the barbell, kettlebell, and dumbbell in order to find their inner athlete and gain an understanding of their own body and it’s capacity to perform. So, Going forward one to two times per month I’m going to provide you with an exercise that I used during my playing days, wish I incorporated while I was playing, and exercises that I will continue to use forever. Let’s get started.  

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  I’ve had the fortune of being exposed to some top-notch strength and conditioning coaches throughout my career. In turn, this has exposed me to some great programming and exercises that improved my athleticism and kept me injury free. One exercise I wish had been incorporated during my playing days are loaded carries. Loaded carries have been a staple in the Strong Man competitions and were popularized a handful of years ago by renowned strength coach, Dan John.... More

Out With The New, In With The Old – Some Things Never Change

index   A lot has changed since my childhood in the 80’s. Some obvious examples are, there were no cell phones, people actually used payphones or home phones, pen to paper was a thing - computers were just being introduced into schools, my mullet was in fashion, and Fuller House was on television, Oh wait. Full House. But I’m here to talk about sports, soccer specifically. The opportunities for young female soccer players today are remarkable. There has been considerable growth in the participation of female soccer players. According to U.S. Youth Soccer there were roughly 400,000 active youth female soccer players in the mid 1980’s compared to the 1.6 million currently. It’s an exciting time to be a female athlete and simultaneously a difficult time as well. Due to all the opportunities and options at every level of play it seems we have created a fear based model for our athletes. We have them specializing in one sport at a much earlier age and feed them with nonsense such as “If you don’t play on this team you won’t stand out. If you don’t go to this tournament you won’t be seen by college or youth national team coaches.”... More