“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – words to live by, right!
As a young man, Lance knew what he wanted to be, “My dream was always to be a professional soccer player.” he says. Chasing his dream, he climbed the mountain and reached the apex.
Parker started playing for Missouri State University. Parker was signed by Major League Soccer (MLS) club Chivas USA in 2008. He made his professional debut on July 13, 2008, in the North American SuperLiga, an international soccer competition which pitted MLS teams against international clubs. In February 2011, Parker signed with expansion side FC Edmonton of the NASL. In 2013, Parker put together his first complete season for FC Edmonton, appearing in 20 of the club’s 26 matches.
Soccer isn’t the only talent that Parker has, he also has a successful modelling career. After being approached by an industry executive in the airport while on the way to a game, Parker was soon signed with his first modeling agency and booking jobs regularly. e has graced the covers of 5 magazines and has been featured in Vogue Hommes, GQ, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Ocean Drive, just to name a few.
He is also a certified Nutritionist and a fitness trainer.
I was absolutely flattered to get a chance to interview him. Without further ado, read on what this multi-talented hunk has to say about his career, fitness and get some amazing tips!
• Describe yourself in three sentences.
I am constantly engaged with increasing my knowledge and improving my skill sets in all different areas of life. I love to adventure and experience new things and different parts of the world. I believe that our time and our health are the two most important thing we have in life, and I always try to make the most of each.
• How would you describe your philosophy about being fit and healthy?
Everybody has a different idea of what being “fit and healthy” is. I think it’s incredibly important to maintain balance in these areas in addition to every other area of your life. Rest is just as important and work, and quality sleep is just as important as consistent daily activity. Finding a good balance for what works for specifically for you is the healthiest thing you can do.
• What are your favorite cheat meals?
My favorite “off-plan” meals include chicken and waffles with sweet potato tots, pizza, and all different types of baked goods including cookies, donuts, and apple pie.
• What are best tips for someone to look good and get ripped?
Looking good and getting ripped aren’t necessarily the same things. Looking good is all relative, and I encourage people to take pride in the way they look and feel confident in who they are. Many people can become obsessed with “looking good” and no matter how “ripped” they get, if they don’t love themselves and are comfortable in their own skin, they will never reach that goal and always be disappointed, no matter how healthy and in shape they are.
• Imagine a client is discouraged during a training session. How do you keep him motivated?
If someone is discouraged, a great way to help motivate them is to remind them of their “why.” Everyone has goals, and if you dive down to a really deep level, you’ll come to a point where you uncover their true “why” behind the reason they want something. If you have a strong enough “why” that will always be enough motivation to get you through whatever it is.
• What diet and nutrition education have you received?
I am a Certified Nutritionist through Venice Nutrition, the IBNFC. I don’t coach people to follow some fad diet that will work for a moment in time but eventually fail them. I educate people on the science behind what happens to your body when you fuel it correctly. Without this knowledge, people are not able to take on a proper nutrition plan and make this healthy lifestyle shift a permanent way of life. Once they have a good understanding of how their body works they will be able to succeed with this.
• How did you started as a fitness trainer?
I was a professional soccer player for 7 years, so I learned a lot in terms of exercise and training during that time. Since retiring from soccer, I have really dived into sports science and became a Certified Personal Trainer with the NFPA.
• What are you future goals, dreams and plans?
I absolutely love the outdoors, so I would love to eventually end up out west somewhere in or close to the mountains.
• Your favorite quote?
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I credit much of my success this far in life due to the fact that I will never be out-worked in any aspect of my life. I haven’t always been the most skilled at things, but my work ethic has brought a lot of success.
• Do you have a fitness goal for yourself? If so, what is it?
Currently, I’m trying to really improve my rock climbing. Along with developing better skills and climbing technique, I know I need to work on increasing my strength while decreasing my overall weight. It’s not the easiest thing to accomplish, but I know it’s doable. Having a greater strength-to-weight ratio will really help with this sport.
• Any three essential exercises that you suggest?
If I could only do 3 exercises for the rest of my life, they would be push-ups, pull-ups, and sprints. Within each of those exercises are so many different variations that you can do to continue to improve your strength, power, speed, endurance, agility, etc.
• Last but not least, any message to readers?
Thank you for reading this far! If you have any specific questions for me, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and ask! 😀 You can learn more about what I do at Parker Peak Performance and follow my day-to-day activities on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook by following @lanceAparker.