NLP Next Level Performance Dickey SimpkinsNutrition

Training Packages


Protein Shake

Next Level Performance Nutrition Program

Our purpose is to help each athlete maximize all factors that contribute to overall basketball performance. Since nutrition is one of those key factors, we take pride in working with a highly qualified nutritionist specifically trained to work with athletes. Our head trainer, Dickey Simpkins, began working with nutritionist Julie Burns, MS, RD, CCN, when he decided to enhance his own basketball performance back in the 1994-'95 season while playing for the Chicago Bulls. Through Julie's direction, Dickey
was able to customize a diet which helped him maintain a long and healthy professional career.

Julie Burns is founder of SportFuel, Inc. and Eat Like the Pros - a sports nutrition consulting firm with online nutritional services and products including personal chef services, both located in Western Springs, IL. ( and Past and current clients include the Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bears football team, Chicago White Sox baseball team, Northwestern University's varsity teams and individual pro and elite athletes.




  • Mini-Seminars on topics including:
    • “How to Fuel Before, During and After Play”
    • “How  to Maximize Recovery and Performance with Nutrition”
    • “ABCs of Safe and Effective Nutritional Supplementation”
    • “Become a Supermarket Sleuth!” (Grocery Shopping Tour)

  • Customized Nutrition Plan
    • Body Composition Analysis: weight, body fat, evaluate current diet
    • Fluid and fuel prescription: prescribe foods and fluids for maximum performance
      - Post-Training Recovery Drink Formula
    • Nutritional supplement recommendations: identify safe and effective supplements
      based on body comp analysis

  • Personal Chef Services
    • Meals customized based on nutrition analysis
    • Fresh nutritious food specifically prepared to meet client’s needs
    • Front door delivery

"I always knew that training and conditioning were key to a successful basketball career. Julie (Burns) helped me to understand better the importance of nutrition when I met her my first year with the Bulls. She personalized a nutritional plan to promote my overall health and specific needs as an athlete. Learning how to eat properly and incorporate the proper supplements has helped me stay healthy and perform my best."

-Dickey Simpkins


Dickey’s Champion Protein Shake
drink Ingredients

1 protein packet
1 cup strawberries
1 whole banana
1/2 cup of juice,
apple or orange
4 ice cubes
1 cup of cold water
Place all ingredients (start with the liquids first) in blender. Blend on low speed for 15-20 seconds then increase speed to high for another 30 seconds or until completely blended.
Pre Game Meal
Grilled or baked chicken breast- Grilled or baked chicken breast
- broccoli or mixed vegetables
- small garden salad with lite dressing (not creamy)
- bake or broil potato


Next Level Performance, Inc.
Office: (847) 325-5534 Fax (847) 325-5566
Copyright © 2022 All rights reserved.

Personal Basketball Skills Training