As many of you know, in December, after a 13 yearlong career, I retired from professional soccer.
Even though it was difficult to step away from the game I loved, it felt like the right time, and I was excited to start a new chapter of my life.
For those of you who have followed my career, it’s no secret that I love strength training. It has been an integral part of my fitness regimen, and in addition to keeping me healthy, it ultimately helped me realize my ability and achieve my dream of playing at the highest level. It provided me with more confidence and the knowledge that I was covering all bases to be the best I could. As a result, I played in all three women’s professional leagues in the U.S., a feat accomplished by only three other players, I played in the 2011 World Cup, and was an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team.
Since before I can remember, I was a dedicated athlete. I found great joy in training and finding ways to get better each day. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to shovel snow off the grass to complete my sprint workout on Christmas Day. So it’s not difficult to imagine just how ecstatic I was when I picked up my first pair of dumbbells my freshman year in high school. Prior to discovering weights, I had used my own body weight (e.g., pushups, lunges), but other than that, I had not received any formal strength training.
Looking back, it wasn’t ideal that I was following the same program as the high school football team, but at the time I didn’t know any better. And that didn’t matter, because I was immediately enamored with strength training and loved the confidence I gained from it. I felt stronger and more powerful on the field, but it was the added positive body awareness and healthiness that I felt off the field that really hooked me.
It made me realize the importance of preparing my body for my sport, not just improving my ball skills, but my readiness, awareness, speed, endurance, and my ability to fight off defenders with ease. In many ways, over the years, strength training was my insurance policy. When talent alone wasn’t enough, my hard work in the gym paid off.
My passion for health, fitness, and strength training continues into my “retirement.” In fact, it’s doubled and evolved. After all, I am 35 years old :)
It’s no longer all about becoming the best athlete. It’s about preservation, feeling good, and the ability to move my body efficiently. I made it through a 13 yearlong career injury-free, and plan to continue that streak through life.
Through strength training, I feel empowered, confident, strong, sexy, healthy, and productive.
I want to share this experience with you.
I am the Assistant Head Coach at Ambitious Athletics, an independent gym in Washington, D.C. I work alongside owner and head coach, Carmen Sturniolo, where I get to share my experiences, train clients from all walks of life, and train female athletes.
As I prepare to launch lorilindsey.com, you can see what I’m up to and find my posts here, on http://www.ambitiousathletics.com/blog/.
In the future, you can expect to read posts about my career in soccer, personal on and off the field stories, my training program, my nutrition, videos, workshops, training seminars, and so much more.
My focus is to help empower women through health, fitness, and sport.
If you’re in the DC area and want to train with me, contact me here. http://www.ambitiousathletics.com/contact/
Thank you for your generous support.
For health and happiness,
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