Meet seven Colorado athletes whose superhuman training programs and otherworldly self-control over their diets allow them to push their bodies to extremes—all for a shot at being the very best.
Center Back, Colorado Rapids
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 182 pounds
Average weekly training hours in season: 25
Hometown in Colorado: Denver
Marvell Wynne drinks two gallons of water the day before a game. He limits “dessert” to an occasional frozen Hershey’s Nugget. And he starts every morning with a bowl of oatmeal mixed with coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, cinnamon, honey, berries, bananas, cacao, and chia seeds. “You can’t eat poorly and play soccer; you just can’t,” says the 2006 number-one draft pick. “There’s no way to run around and perform your best.” ◗ Dietary discipline like this would help almost anyone get into shape. But combine Wynne’s nutritional strategy with weight training twice a week and regular one-hour runs in the offseason (to prep for the five to six miles he averages during games)—plus a helpful set of genes from his Major League Baseball–playing father—and it’s easy to see that Wynne derives his in-game productivity from focus and hard work as much as he draws on his pure love of the sport. ◗ Wynne first stepped onto the soccer field at three-and-a-half years old. By high school, he decided that baseball was too slow, and his mom had already forbade him from playing the other type of football for fear he’d get hurt. ◗ There are no prizes for speed in professional soccer, but if teams clocked their athletes, chances are Wynne would rank near the top. In his senior year of high school, the defender ran the 100-meter dash in 10.38 seconds—just 0.8 seconds behind Usain Bolt’s world record. That lightning-quick speed, combined with Wynne’s broad shoulders and ripped quads, has allowed him to create a dominant defensive presence on the field much larger than his below-average (for a defender) 5-foot-9-inch frame would suggest.