Kick Started (cont.)

Apr 26, 2010
Outside Magazine
Brian Ching's Preseason Interval Routine

1. Crank the StairMaster up to its highest setting and "sprint" for one minute.

2. Bring it down to a really slow level for two minutes.

3. Repeat seven more times, for a total of 24 minutes or eight sprints.

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Forward, Houston Dynamo
If you live anywhere near Houston, you're probably familiar with the Dynamo's leading scorer. The 31-year-old has his own sports segment on a local TV station, Kickin' It with Brian Ching, on which he offers up advice on everything from becoming a professional soccer player to why you should befriend the StairMaster. While Ching enjoys the fame soccer has brought him, it wasn't exactly what he expected. "I would rather have been a professional surfer," says Ching, who grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, "but I needed a scholarship to go to college."

Defender, Chivas USA
Every serious athlete has pregame rituals, but this speedy left back is downright superstitious. He never ties his cleats before he gets on the playing field, always puts on his left shoe first, and always—always—eats the same thing before a home game in L.A.: a footlong turkey sandwich from Subway on Italian herb-and-cheese bread. So far it's worked out well for the 25-year-old Los Alamitos, California, native—especially in Honduras. Unlike Conor Casey, he's a bona fide hero there: His game-winning goal against Costa Rica last October didn't give the USA a World Cup berth (they'd already qualified), but it clinched one for Honduras—for the first time since 1982. "I've got a lot of fans in Honduras now," he deadpans.

Goalie, D.C. United
Perkins isn't your average soccer player. For starters, because he's a goalie, he needs to focus more on anaerobic strength and less on endurance. He's also a trained mortgage-loan processor, making him the only guy on the U.S. team who knows the difference between an option ARM mortgage and a swing loan. "Goalies can usually play until they're around 40, so you have to think about a job after retirement," says the 28-year-old from Springfield, Ohio. And then there's his austere pregame routine, which entails shutting off all electronics and not talking to anyone for 24 hours. "I'm a miserable person to be around," he says, laughing. "My wife hates it."

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