EXOS' Decade of Support of Germany Featured by The Guardian
EXOS' support of World Cup champions Germany began 10 years ago when the German federation decided to revolutionize the way they prepared the national team with a focus on personalized performance training that encompassed training, nutrition, and recovery. The Guardian caught up with EXOS' founder Mark Verstegen to learn about how that transition began and how it culminated with a world title in Brazil.
Beginning in 2004, when Jurgen Klinnsman was the head coach of the German men's national team, Mark Verstegen and EXOS, then Athletes' Performance, were brought in to revamp the fitness training of the team. In the lead up to the 2006 World Cup, many in Germany—press, fans, even some players—questioned bringing an American fitness trainer in to prepare German players for the World Cup. A third-place finish that year and again at the 2010 World Cup, combined with a World Cup title in 2014 and strong finishes at the 2008 and 2012 European championships, has proven Germany's belief that an emphasis of each player's fitness is a key component of prolonged success.
"When Per (Mertesacker) can look at another guy and say: 'Listen, I had these types of issues, and since I started working with these systems I haven't had them for five years,' it makes a difference. When you have those endorsements, it makes the locker room come with you much quicker. A decade ago, ohhh..." Verstegen laughs. "But now players devour it."
"From the beginning... EXOS has always pushed us to achieve our full potential," said Philipp Lahm.
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Six athletes were selected in the second round and 11 in the third round. EXOS has now supported 628 total drafted athletes.
EXOS performance specialist Benjamin Kugel used lessons from working with the German national team to help FC Köln excel.
Complimentary workouts and lunch-and-learn events are scheduled to celebrate the new Core Performance training space.