Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski: The Making of a Goal Machine

As Bayern’s head of science and well being, Broich is conscious of Lewandowski greater than anyone. He’s conscious of that Lewandowski can tolerate a unprecedented amount of stress and ache, as his almost spotless hurt doc demonstrates. He’s conscious of that his metabolism permits him to develop, and regenerate, the varieties of muscle fiber a striker desires.

He’s conscious of that in any case half of that’s hard-wired into Lewandowski’s DNA. “Expertise is a really broad time period,” Broich acknowledged. “It has to do with genetic stipulations, too.”

However Broich moreover believes that every one in every of that accounts for beneath “40 to 60 p.c” of athletes’ capability. The comfort relies upon who they’re, what they do with it. And Klopp was not exaggerating when he acknowledged that Lewandowski’s total life, for larger than a decade, had been designed to help him score as many targets as doable.

It started with cornflakes. “Each morning, I ate cornflakes with milk,” Lewandowski acknowledged. “I assumed it was advantageous. It was solely breakfast, I used to be skinny, I had muscle groups. I assumed candy issues had been OK as a result of I didn’t have an issue with my weight. However generally, by 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., I used to be drained, even earlier than coaching, and I didn’t know why.”

So in his early 20s, he started to experiment. He decrease out milk. He prevented refined sugar. “I noticed a distinction after a couple of weeks, a couple of months,” he acknowledged.

However his focus was not on the speedy. “I assumed that if I modified the issues I did, it might assist me play at the next stage for longer,” he acknowledged. “I knew I couldn’t count on speedy outcomes. I did it as a result of I needed to attempt. I knew if I began on the prime stage somewhat later, I might be there for longer.”

Now — thanks partly to the expertise of his partner, Anna, a nutritionist — Lewandowski, semifamously, eats his meals in what is generally accepted to be the flawed order. “If I’ve time to have dessert, I favor to eat it an hour or so earlier than lunch,” he acknowledged. “I don’t at all times eat it, but when I do, I attempt to have a distance between carbohydrates and protein.”

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