ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER, U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
"I started working on functional flexibility about a year ago, and it's completely changed the way I play. Within a few weeks, I felt faster and stronger, and it seemed like I could pull energy from places that I'd never been able to before. There was a point where I just said, Aha! This is real. This is actually helping me.' "
"Core conditioning is central to all my board sports; I work on it almost every day. I hardly ever do straight crunches, because that's all about what shows on the outside. The really important stuff is inside: the muscles that support the spine, that kind of thing. That's where you're vulnerable."
13-TIME TOUR DE FRANCE VETERAN
"I started focusing on power back in 2000, and it really helped. I improved on climbs almost immediately, and I wouldn't blow up as quickly when I had to put forth a hard effort in a sprint or breakaway. I do power-based intervals, typically three to four days a week, with a lot of variety."
SPRINTER, FOUR-TIME OLYMPIC CHAMP
"Incorporating an overall-strength-training program into my routine was one of the key things that helped me achieve such consistency and longevity throughout my career. Upper- and lower-body lifting made me more powerful and balanced, with fewer injuries, so I could do higher-quality training and get faster."