How She Fuels
For professional soccer player Tobin Heath, soccer is more than a game, it’s life.
n soccer, the team that’s able to control the middle of the field is usually the winner. That’s why the midfielder position is critical to the success of any team. Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath is a versatile and solid defender who is “perhaps the USA’s most skillful player,” according to the United States Soccer Federation. Her accolades would certainly support that. Heath was the first overall pick in Women’s Professional Soccer in the 2010 draft, is a twotime Olympic gold medalist and a FIFA Women’s World Cup silver and gold medalist.
Heath fell in love with soccer at age 4 when she played at her local YMCA, and to this day, the 29-year-old still has that same just always enjoyed playing and wanted to get better,” she says.
The demands of a midfielder are high. The position requires more running than other positions on the field (and more than in most other sports), so Heath trains every day. “One day a
doing yoga, a light jog, swimming, hiking or even stretching.” During the soccer season, Heath typically lifts one to two times a week, and in the offseason, she increases that to two to three times a week. “I love training,” she asserts. “It gives me life.”
To fuel her training and playing, Heath doesn’t follow any specific nutrition trends; she just eats a well-balanced diet. “Soccer is a high-endurance sport, especially in my position, so I have to eat to refuel and recover as quickly as possible. For me, that means eating as much good stuff as I can,” says the New Jersey native. “Everyone is unique and figuring out what works for you is important. For instance, I have to have a big breakfast, smaller lunch and bigger dinner. All my training is
helps me recover and perform at my peak.”
Heath partnered with Six Star Pro Nutrition because she enjoyed its products, and then it developed into something
my body because my body is my tool,” she says. “Six Star is all about quality and so is my soccer.”
When she isn’t on the field, the reigning U.S. Soccer Player of the Year is giving back as the new assistant youth technical director for the Thorns Development Academy. Heath is passionate about making youth just as passionate about soccer as she is. “I want to go out and play and feel the freedom of not having it be something organized but to have it be organic and be driven by just a love of the game and a love for the ball,” she says, enthusiastically.
Tobin Heath’s favorite Six Star Pro Nutrition Product
100% Whey Protein for Her: “Protein is essential for muscle growth, and with 16 grams of lean protein, this product is essential for post-training and game recovery.”
“SOCCER IS A HIGH ENDURANCE SPORT, SO I HAVE TO EAT TO REFUEL AND RECOVER.”
Tobin’s favorite Six Star Pro Nutrition Product