by Wyndi Kappes, Photography by Elle Wood
Tim Heigl | Age: 27
Sons of Pitches FC, Game of Throw-Ins Captain
Tim Heigl is rarely found without a ball underfoot. From growing up playing soccer in Bolivia and Brazil to finding a team in Atlanta to play pickup with, Tim has had to stay in tiptop shape to sprint up and down the field as a forward. But with the pandemic and a busy schedule as a sales representative at The Hartford, this leftie has had to get creative with his fitness and food routine.
Q: How do you stay in shape for the demands of the game?
Tim Heigl: I am an avid hiker and like to focus on a full-body workout while in the gym. I am a big fan of biking and rowing for low-impact cardio and weight lifting to improve my endurance on the field. I currently have a goal to do 2,000 squats by the end of the season!
Q: Where do you work out?
TH: I actually built out my own gym in the basement right before the pandemic hit. I have a rowing machine, bench press, pull up bar, squat rack and more. My favorite addition has to be my Peloton® bike, though!
Q: What do you eat to prep for the game?
TH: I believe everything starts with nutrition. I generally try to stay away from bread and cheese as I feel these slow me down. For a pregame meal, I enjoy protein-packed burrito bowls and, for a snack, Cuties® tangerines.
Q: What are your favorite places to grab a bite when out?
TH: There are plenty of delicious and clean options around Atlanta for on-the-go eating. I love Atlanta Bowl Lab and Tuza Taco on the Westside. When I’m not eating so clean, I’m always a sucker for the bulgogi at Hankook Taqueria.
Q: Why would you encourage men to play recreational sports?
TH: Join for the game and stay for the friendships. I’ve met many of my roommates playing the game and have made lifelong friendships in the three short years I have played with Sons of Pitches.
Q: What are you passionate about outside of sports?
TH: I am a sucker for animals. I was recently convinced to adopt not one but two kittens. They were in love and just couldn’t be separated so now I am the proud owner of Bibo and Krunkles, both named after my favorite beers. Also, those with special needs will always have a special place in my heart as my sister AnnCatherine has Down syndrome and is currently making history as the first D1 collegiate cheerleader with special needs at George Mason University.
You can start a team or join a pickup game with Sons of Pitches FC by visiting www.sonsofpitchesfc.com