My Training Ground...

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.
— Anson Dorrance

Everyone knows that Anson is referring to Mia in this quote. Perhaps one of the greatest players this world will ever see (hence the unnecessary need to use a last name). When he saw her from a distance that day, she wasn't working with a trainer or even another teammate. She was relying on her own relentless determination to get better, faster, stronger. She was in her element and found a space to practice where she could get in the zone and just work. No gym, no fancy equipment,  no help from others, just her and her training ground.

Your Training Ground is a place away from the team, coaches, trainers, friends, family and fans. It's where you go to re-establish your commitment to the game and to remind yourself why you love to play. It's just you, the ball and the space you find to make yourself a better athlete. Sometimes, players use excuses like not having a facility or a personal trainer or a nice fitness center to go to for extra training on their own. But the truth is, you don't need those things to have your own training ground. You don't need to have thousands of dollars to get that extra edge. You only need you and your own drive to get to where you want to go.

Now I look back and he was teaching me to take ownership, to really embrace that this was something that I needed to do on my own. If I’m going to be alone, I’m going to be alone. I’d just put my headphones in and get to it.
— Carli Lloyd

This training ground is at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe featuring the Sklz ladder that can be used on almost any surface. Equipment is not a necessity of an individual training environment, but sometimes the simplest ones can add creativity.  

Athletes from all over the world find unique places to train. Here are some of our favorites. Share yours with us using the hashtag #MyTrainingGround on Instagram and tag @amplifiedsoccerathlete. We will select our favorites to feature in the next issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete Magazine.

"The most common of these questions — “What am I doing?” — never comes up while I’m on the treadmill at 10:30 p.m. at a hotel after a full day of travel and coaching. It doesn’t come to mind when I’m bundled in five layers and warming up to train as snowflakes cling to my eyelashes. It doesn’t even occur to me as I lay out cones in my parking garage to work out while my neighbors unload groceries and give me strange looks."

It is in those moments that I feel compelled to be who I am and committed to getting better every day.
— Yael Averbuch

An excerpt from Yael Averbuch's blog: Pushing Through the Off Season with One Question, Why?