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Yoga Keeping Giggs Fit For The Top Flight

Former Major League Soccer star Preki won the league's MVP award at the age of 40, and said that his secret to keeping fit was yoga. Manchester United's Ryan Giggs, who has played for the club a record 772 times, is using the same method to keep his 35-year-old body in shape for the Premier and Champions League.

Yoga "tests parts of your body that you just don't use in football," he told Jeremy Taylor. "The first time I did it, about five years ago, I was completely knackered. I went home from the training ground and slept for three hours in the afternoon. I actually dreaded yoga for the first year because it made muscles I didn't know I had ache, although I know some of the lads think it's really a bit soft."

Giggs, who has been with United since he was 13, has always shunned the limelight enjoyed by other high-profile players in the EPL. He said he found the massive sums paid to players embarrassing and that some of it ought to be diverted to support the game at grassroots level. "A lot of average players are asking for a lot of money, which shouldn't be the case," he said. "It's fine to offer top dollar to a guy who pays the club back with good performances, but when they move from club to club, that's not honouring a contract."

Despite his age, his training regime is as tough as it ever was. "A football player has to look after himself," he said, "keep an eye on the diet, train with lots of weights and concentrate on strengthening the muscles that are relevant to the game."


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