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.
In the News
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.
Red meat, eaten in moderation, can add a punch of muscle-building protein to your diet. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know which cuts are the best. Use these simple guidelines to choose the best meat possible.
Well at Work
Did you take all of your vacation days last year? If so, you're in the minority among workers whose companies offered paid time off, according to researchers at Glassdoor, an employment website.
While eating clean, or choosing minimally processed, natural foods, can help you lose weight, boost energy, and improve performance, it can be a challenge to eat perfectly all the time. Many of us go days, weeks, months, or even years without even putting much thought into what we’re eating. By the time we do think about it, we’re often so overwhelmed that we go in the other direction and try to eat too perfectly, which isn’t sustainable. No one is perfect, and putting that kind of pressure on yourself can lead to unhealthy habits. The solution: Adopt the 80/20 mindset.
The average grocery store juice you can buy off the shelf is high in sugar and preservatives. Enjoy tastier (and healthier) juices by making them right in your own kitchen. All you need is a juicer. Juice these fruit and veggie combos and drink them up to kickstart your day. Click on the image above for seven healthy juice recipes.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.
Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance
A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.
Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.