Profession: Professional Soccer Player
"Ever since I was young I dreamed about competing in the Olympics. Standing on the podium and receiving my medal was one of the greatest achievements of my life. With the help of 2XU Compression I was able to recover quickly in between our games and help my country win the Bronze Medal. Being a 2XU athlete is a huge accomplishment and I am honored to represent such an incredible company!" -Lauren Sesselmann, London 2012 Olympic Women’s Soccer Bronze Medalist (Canada).
What does your standard training week involve? Double days 3 times a week, strength and explosive sessions, HIT and fitness sessions, 1game, and pool and recovery sessions every week.
Where is your favorite place to train? I love being on the soccer field, u can just be free and train any way you like. I also love doing pool endurance workouts, I love being in the water.
What is your favorite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why? I live in my Compression Recovery pants. We are constantly training and traveling, so they allow me to recover faster so I'm always at 100% when I train or play.
What is your favorite training accessory? (heart rate monitor, power meter, pool buoy, etc...) I love our heart rate monitors we were given, I like knowing how hard I work each session, and how many calories I burned!
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it? Injuries and being released from teams, are two of the toughest things I've experienced. They both take a toll on you mentally and physically, but they both allow you to rise a come back even stronger. I've learned that things happen, and you just need to adapt, stay positive, and have no regrets!
What is the most common training mistake you see? People not warming up or cooling down correctly. I've definitely become better in both of those areas as an athlete, and have seen great reward come from it.
What motivates you to train and race harder? What motivates me is that I know there is always someone stronger, faster, and more technical than me. It drives me to train harder everyday. I am extremely competitive and I hate losing, I never want to let myself or my teammates down.
Describe your diet/ meal plan leading up to a big race? We are on a pretty good diet through our team nutritionist. Depending on our body type and weight we have different eating programs. I eat a lot of fruit, veggies, and proteins. We also eat a certain amount of carbs and sugars to help us recover and perform at a high level.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport? I try to balance my social and athletic life as good as I can. I'm first to say I should take more time out for myself, but right now I'm strictly focused on the Olympics and getting to that podium. But, I do feel their should be a balance, you always need a mental and physical break away from your sport.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful? We take a bunch of nutritional supplements to help ensure we at the top of our game. I like magnesium because I have the tendency to cramp up, but I also like omega fish oil, it helps with my hair, skin, and bones!!
What is the best thing about being a professional athlete? I think the best thing about being a professional athlete is that I get to compete at the highest level every day, which has been a dream of mine since I was young. I also love being a public figure and a role model. I love that I am able to give back and teach kids the sport they love while being a positive influence in their lives.
What is the worst thing about being a professional athlete? I can't seem to even think of one thing!!
In five years I will be..... Hopefully retired with a bunch of medals and no regrets! I would also love to have a family, and a good job that I love!