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Lisa Altobelli
February 21, 2005
How a soccer legend keeps going strong
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February 21, 2005

Body By Brandi

How a soccer legend keeps going strong

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Three-person rotation. Person A stands in front of Person B ( Chastain) and tosses a ball, which B heads back to her. Person C stands behind B, holding a resistance band attached to B's waist (as shown). Sets of 10 or as many as you can in one minute. Five sets.

Brandi: "I create tension on the elastic band by moving away from the person who's holding it, and I maintain that tension while jumping up to head the ball. It works my legs and core while also working on balance. You feel it helping on the field when you're going up for a header or when an opponent is pulling or pushing to gain position."


Stand on a balance disk on one leg for 30 seconds as partner keeps tossing a ball to be kicked. Switch legs. Five sets.

Brandi: "Balancing on an unstable surface, I'm forced to use every muscle in my leg and all the muscles in my foot. It also strengthens my ankles, which is important considering the number of ankle sprains in soccer. You don't need to add the kick. At home I'll just balance on the disk for a minute. If my husband or son [Cameron, 16] is around, sometimes they'll toss the ball, and I'll catch it instead of kick it."

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