Lance is a former professional soccer player originally from Oklahoma City. In 2008, he graduated Cum Laude with a Business degree from Missouri State University. While finishing his degree, Lance signed his first pro soccer contract and began his modeling career soon after. During that time, Lance’s interest in improving his overall health began to grow, and he immersed himself in learning new ways to improve his performance through different training techniques and nutrition. He eventually became a Certified Nutrition Coach through the IBNFC (International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching) and a Certified Personal Trainer through the NFPA (National Fitness Professionals Association). Following his retirement from a seven-year pro soccer career, he moved to New York City where he continues to model as well as run his health coaching company, Parker Peak Performance.
His Mission: To educate people on how to feed their bodies correctly and optimize their overall health so they can live every day at their Peak Performance.
Lance played a variety of sports growing up, but when he was 12 years old, he had the opportunity to play in a soccer tournament hosted in England and fell in love with the game. From that point on, his main focus in life was becoming a professional soccer player. Excelling on the field and in the classroom during high school, Lance received both athletic and academic scholarships to pay his way through college. His focus never changed, however, and after his fourth year playing soccer at Missouri State University, he signed his first professional contract with Chivas USA in Los Angeles. During his first year in L.A., Lance was approached by an acting coach who thought he had “the look” to be a successful model. Keeping his career options open, he went to meet with a few modeling agencies in town, and after each of them wanted to sign him, he knew it could be a successful part-time job. During the off-seasons throughout his soccer career, Lance would spend his time modeling in L.A., Miami, and New York City.
Lance quickly found out that there was a big difference in the way he needed to exercise and eat with his two different careers. He remembers, “While playing soccer, I could eat almost anything I wanted since my priority was to have more muscle mass that was strong and explosive. During the offseason, however, I would have to lose 15 pounds and really watch what I ate in order to have those 6-pack abs.” During his entire soccer offseason, Lance would deprive himself of carbs and restrict his calorie intake in order to have the physique modeling required. Lance recalls, “When I was modeling during the offseason, I looked incredible but I felt terrible. While I looked strong on camera, I was extremely weak compared to when I was fit for soccer. My muscles were all show and no go.” Everything he had learned up to this point led him to believe that it was impossible to have his body look the way it needed to look in order to model, while at the same time, have his muscle be strong, explosive, and functional.
Over his seven-year professional soccer career, he trained as hard as possible, striving to perform better every day. It wasn’t until later in his career, after going through a period of different freak accident injuries, that he really began to focus on his nutrition as well as his fitness. While being injured and unable to play, he wanted to make sure that he was in the best possible shape whenever the doctor released him to start training again. Lance has always known the value of proper preparation and states, “I’ve always believed in doing your best with the things you control (nutrition, exercise, etc.) so you are in the best possible place for when things out of your control (injuries) happen.”