Soccer Athlete Ali Krieger Shares Her Fitness Tips

Pro soccer star Alexandra Krieger loves plyo and rope drills to get her primed for the big leagues. Here’s how she takes her work and play to the next level

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Soccer Athlete Ali Krieger Shares Her Fitness Tips

The Dream TeamEver since she was a young girl, Ali Krieger dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. Now a defender for the Washington Spirit and a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, she doesn’t take her position for granted. "I’m constantly inspired by my teammates to always want to get better and be successful," Krieger says. "I want to win a World Cup!"

No Train, No GainTo get that prize, Krieger puts in serious work. Though her training relates directly to her position on the field, she fo­­cuses on specific condi­tioning off-field. "Being explosive and power­ful, hav­ing good footwork and quality speed are es­sen­tial for me," Krieger says. Her top workouts include plyometrics and sprints, and she also loves speed and agility work. To step things up a notch, she incorporates battle ropes and TRX into her routine. "Battle rope drills are one of the toughest yet most rewarding exercises I do at the gym. They are a full-body workout, making me feel every muscle!"

Food for Thought"I do feel more disciplined with my nutrition in-season, but I live a rather healthy lifestyle year-round," Krieger says. "It’s important that I stay fit in order to play at the high level that we do." When she does indulge, it’s typically with chocolate, cookies, or peanut butter–filled pretzels.

Working WomanKrieger wants you to get and stay functionally fit, too, which is why she’s partnered with her trainer on the new eBook Train Like a Pro: Plyometrics featuring Ali Krieger (designed by elite athlete performance coach Chris Gorres) that’s packed with plyometric workouts. "It’s designed for the athlete looking to build speed and become more explosive," she says. "It also simply helps get your body moving better. I can definitely feel a difference in my mobility, stability, strength, and power." Her favorite: drills that develop acceleration from a standstill.

Play HardAll this training needs to be balanced with some serious downtime. Krieger loves to be outdoors while not on the clock. In addition to cruiser biking along the beach in SoCal, Krieger can be found hiking—or taking any other opportunity to be outside and be active. "I love going to the beach and paddleboarding—or at least trying to," she says. Spa days are also key, as is traveling. "It’s very refreshing when I can get away and do ‘normal’ day-to-day things with my closest friends and loved ones."

World Cup Buff"My hope is that the WC will continue to help grow the ‘Beautiful Game’ around the world," Krieger says. "I also hope it sparks support for women’s football so that younger athletes will be able to have dreams of one day playing professionally."

 

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