Check out this snapshot of the soccer star’s training regimen.
Photographs by: Anthony Mandler
Soccer is one of the world’s most physically demanding sports, so it’s no surprise that David Beckham’s conditioning plan is grueling. Check out this snapshot of his training regimen, courtesy of Chris Neville, fitness coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Then try our modified version of the 5-week workout, which we’ve tweaked slightly for the average guy. (After all, Beckham is one of the fittest men on earth.) And while you may not be competing at world-class level, this high-intensity interval plan will help you look as if you do.
Perform your challenge twice a week at an intensity tailored to your maximum heart rate (MHR). To estimate your MHR, subtract your age from 220. Then use a heart-rate monitor (we like the Suunto t3c; $170 at suuntowatches.com) to ensure you’re training at the prescribed percentage. (Just multiply the percentage given in each workout by your MHR to find your target heart rate.)
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