How many times per week do you train by yourself without the team and what do you focus on?
2-3 times a week, one session a week I dedicate to focusing on improving my technique with the ball, passing, dribbling, shooting. The other 2 days i will be in the gym focusing on strength and power training.
What extra training do you think has given you the biggest improvement in performance?
Definitely extra strength and power training has made me quicker, sharper and more explosive.
Describe a typical day in your life during the season...
- 7.30am wake up
- 8.00am breakfast
- 9.00am leave for training
- 10.00am training
- 1pm lunch
- 5pm training
- 8pm dinner
- 10pm sleep
What is your favourite pre-match meal?
- Chicken fillet, rice, sweet potato and salad.
What do you usually eat or drink at half time?
I have an electrolyte drink at half time and water.
What’s your favourite post match meal?
Steak, sweet potato and veggies.
Do you take any nutritional supplements and how do they benefit you? (whey protein, glutamine etc.)
I take whey protein after training and games, also before games I drink electrolytes. I feel protein post training and games helps my muscles repair quicker and the electrolytes help me hydrate well so i can perform at my best.
What methods do you use to help your body recover more quickly? (Massage, ice bath etc.)
Massage, ice baths, compex machine, foam roller/stretching.
If you could offer one piece of advice to a young footballer who wants to become a pro, what would it be?
To always work on improving your game in all areas, if that's with the ball or in the gym always focus on having an edge over your teammates or competitors. Dedicate time outside of your team training to improve your game.
What is the best piece of advice a coach/role model has ever given you?
To always have a positive mindset even when times are tough, the players that are mentally tough are the ones that succeed.
When stepping up to first team level, what did you feel was the biggest difference between youth and senior football?
It doesn't matter how old you are you have to be ready to perform at that level, I had to adjust quickly to the pace and physicality of first team football.
We'd like to thank Steven for taking the time to complete our interview and wish him all the best in his career. You can follow Tyler on instagram @stevenlustica.