This past Sunday, the German national team clinched the World Cup title in an exciting 1-0 victory over Argentina. On the sidelines, EXOS founder Mark Verstegen watched on as the team he's worked with for the past 10 years and in preparation for the World Cup showed off their skills. Following the game, he spoke with The New York Times about the team's training and preparation (read the full article here). Verstegen also shared a key part of the team's training — their warm-up. Perform the eight movements below to decrease your risk of injury and improve your performance just like your favorite soccer stars do.
Still reeling from the excitement of the World Cup? Channel that energy into improving your own game with this World Cup-inspired workout from the Huffington Post. Designed by EXOS performance specialist Jonathan Barlow, whose worked with professional soccer players, including many who played in the World Cup, this workout will help you build the strength you need to shine on the field.
What you do after a game is just as important as what you do before it. Your postgame activities and nutrition habits, if maximized, can help reduce aches and pains, speed recovery, and keep your body injury-free. Use the five tips below to recovery better.
After all the hard work in practice, the last thing you want is to go into your game ready to work but underfueled. Not only will you waste all of that preparation, but you’ll struggle through knowing you aren’t your best. Support your performance with the World Cup-worthy nutrition tips below from Danielle LaFata, director of performance nutrition for pro/elite sports at EXOS.
As a fitness coach with the German men's national team and EXOS since 2010, Benjamin Kugel's made his mark with both the EXOS team and the Germany players. In 2013, he took his career one step further and accepted the role as head of performance for German club team FC Köln. After just one year under Kugel's guidance, FC Köln won the 2nd division Bundesliga league title and will move up to the top Bundesliga division next season.
It's a common misconception that reaching out in front with your foot and "grabbing" the ground in front of you when you run makes you faster. When you reach in front of yourself, it forces your foot to contact the ground ahead of your body and applies force in the wrong direction. The result: You're slowing yourself down with every step. This also puts a tremendous eccentric load through your hamstrings, leaving you more prone to muscle injury.
Do you have a pregame nutrition ritual? If not, you may want to follow the lead of some of the world's premier soccer teams. Their ritual of choice: breakfast. Danielle LaFata, a performance nutritionist at EXOS who works with pro soccer players, shared her go-to breakfast recipe with Outside magazine.
In 2012, more than a third of children and teens were overweight or obese, according to the Center for Disease Control. One possible culprit: Lack of activity, according to a new analysis presented at the Congressional Fitness Caucus briefing in Washington, D.C. in late April
Coined the "U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth," the analysis revealed that the U.S. is failing when it comes to getting kids to walk or bike. The country also received a 'D' for overall physical activity and avoiding sedentary habits.
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In the season four premiere of ABC’s hit series, Extreme Weight Loss, trainer and host Chris Powell visits EXOS’ (formerly Athletes’ Performance) Phoenix, Ariz. facility to offer one contestant the opportunity to train among the pros.
Trevor Moawad, vice president of pro and elite sports at EXOS, has years of experience working with top college and professional athletes and corporate clients. This year, he notably worked with top draftees, including #1 pick Jadeveon Clowney, #2 pick Greg Robinson, and #3 pick Blake Bortles. He sat down with Ilan Mochari from Inc. magazine to share his four keys for dealing with high-pressure moments. Check out the excerpts below to harness your winning mindset.
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