We are excited to introduce you to this month's influencer, Bev! We asked Bev to test out our Lace-Up Gel Metguard to see if it helped protect her feet during her intense soccer practices. Read on to see her full Q&A and use code 'METGUARD20' for 20% off the Lace-Up Gel Metguard now through Sunday, April 26, 2020!
1. Name: Beverly Yanez
2. Where do you live? Concord, CA
3. What type of athlete are you (recreational/pro/leisure)?
Retired Professional Women’s Soccer Player (NWSL, OL Reign formerly known as: Reign FC/Seattle Reign FC)
4. How long have you been participating in this sport?
I played professional soccer for 9 years. I am so grateful for all the places I got to travel and all the incredible teammates and coaches I was able to play with and for during this journey. Everyone helped me to be the best version of myself on and off the field. I truly believe soccer and all the lessons the sport has taught me is a huge part of who I am today!
Photo credit: @janegphot
5. What is your training regimen? How often are you wearing cleats?
A training week when I was playing was about 6 days a week with 1 day off for recovery. This would include training and games. Therefore, I was in cleats about 6 days a week. We would train for about 1.5 hours a day, but we had lifting 1-2 times a week. I am currently a director and trainer at a soccer facility in Northern California called “COPA Soccer Training Center” it is a one of a kind soccer facility and the first of its kind in the USA. As a coach, I am still wearing indoor shoes while coaching and giving examples. Also, the soccer technology in the building is so amazing that of course I train in the facility during my off hours. I would say I am currently still in boots about 5-6 days a week! When I am coaching, I am in indoor shoes for approximately 4 hours. When I was playing, I was in cleats approximately 2 hours every day 6 days a week 😊
6. What challenges did you face as an athlete before using our product (aching feet/pain from cleats, etc.)?
I struggled a little bit with achy arches, but it was never enough to sit me out of training or games. It was something that came and went like once a season, nothing too serious. I also had a pretty severe case of plantar fasciitis for 2 years of my career. It led to a bone spur which became very painful. After treating it for 2 years it finally went away.
7. What is your impression of the Silipos product we sent you? How did it add value to you? What did you like about it? How has using this product make your life easier/better? Did it help with the pain you were experiencing?
I like that you can use the Silipos Lace-Up Gel Metguard on a running shoe or cleats. It formed easily to my foot and was comfortable. I used the Lace-Up Gel Metguard to train in and I couldn’t even feel that I was wearing them. The contact on the ball was smooth and I was not affected by the contact. It took me a while to lace them in because the shoelace style of the boot was slanted but after I did the one shoe the second one was much easier. I can think of several times in a game or training that being stepped on, on the top of the foot, was so painful that mentally I checked out and I needed a second to take a few deep breaths for the pain to diminish. I think this product will help to keep my mentality in the training or game by minimizing the harshness of the contact.
8. Would you recommend this Silipos product to other athletes? Why?
Yes, to those athletes that have tongues on their cleats or running shoes with tongues I would recommend. It feels smooth in the shoes and not bulky. I think it provides a gap from the thin cleat material and shoes laces going directly to the skin. I’ve had a few bumps from my shoelaces rubbing my skin raw. This product provides a sort of cushion for any contact you may make with the ball or any contact from another player. I also think this product would be especially good for youth players. Those players who are still trying to figure their timing of tackles, their timing of so many different aspects of the game. They are growing into their bodies and often cannot control their movements.
9. What is something that your followers do not know about you, that you find to be very important to your personal lifestyle?
I was a mostly plant-based athlete towards the tail end of my career, and I am still currently mostly plant based. I really enjoy this lifestyle and I feel so energetic and healthy!
10. What keeps you motivated when you are faced with challenges?
My motivation comes from my teammates. I always want to be the best version of myself for my teammates, both on and off the field. When given a challenge like being asked to play a different or new position. Often it was hard to stay positive, but my teammates were the main reason I could stay positive. I wanted to succeed for them, so I was willing to try any position that the coach thought I was best fit for.
11. How do you structure your days?
When I was playing, I would make sure to get to bed around 10pm. I was a morning person and I really enjoyed having coffee and a nice breakfast in the mornings. I always enjoyed having a good meal before training. I would arrive to training 60 minutes before to work on any pre activation and warm up needs I had. It also gave me an opportunity to prep mentally for the session. After training I would shower and ice bath and get treatment if needed. The ice baths really helped my body cool down and recover. I would spend about 7 minutes after training in an ice bath each session. I would then head straight home and take a 20- minute nap. I always felt I needed this time to replenish. After this, I would take my two dogs for a walk to get some fresh air and make a nice carb loaded dinner with my husband in order to prepare for the next days session.
Photo credit: @janegphot
12. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most?
Growing up I admired the 1999 USA Women’s World Cup team. I watched them play live in the 1999 Women’s World Cup in Pasadena, CA. That was when my dream first started, I knew some day I wanted to be just like them. I loved the sport so much, I was playing, watching and doing everything I could to be the best player. I would also say that my biggest influence was my parents and my husband. My parents always encouraged me and supported me to follow my dreams. They also constantly reminded me that although it was awesome to be a good soccer player it was even more important to be a good person. I admire my husband because we met in High School, as I trained with the boys’ and girls’ team. We both had dreams to become professional soccer players and our relationship began to grow. We went to separate colleges and did long distance during that time. I was drafted to the NWSL and he was drafted to the MLS in the same year. To see us both, chase our dreams and support each other along the way is something I will always remember. We were friends who also happened to be in love but because we had this friendship, we understood what each other was going through in order to chase our dreams!
13. How do you care for your body and health aside from your sport?
I like to eat most plant-based foods and I do not eat any dairy. I enjoy making meals at home and experimenting with new recipes. I also work out at least once a day. I enjoy working out and taking my dogs out to explore new trails. I do a lot of body weight cardio exercising as well. I have recently started Live classes on my IG account. This has been really fun!
14. What is one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring athlete?
Have confidence! No matter what you are doing believe that you can do it to the best of your ability. Be humble and spread more confidence to those that are in need. Work hard to accomplish your dreams. Nothing will come easy and there will always be challenges but how can you turn these challenges into something positive. Lean on your loved ones and teammates to help you.
15. Anything else you’d like to add….?
Thank you for the opportunity! I am so grateful 😊
Interested in continuing to follow Bev's story? Follow her on Instagram: @bevyanez