David Beckham uses Pilates to lengthen his career

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on June 22, 2009

David Beckham has been using a Pilates routine to help him lengthen his career.

The 34 year old football star and A list celebrity says he has been using a one hour long daily Pilates routine to get him into the best shape he’s been in for years.

The subject of football film Bend It Like Beckham is keen to show Fabio Capello that he is capable and fit enough to play in the World Cup next year in South Africa and fit enough to play on for a few more years yet.

Beckham says he first started doing Pilates when he was on loan to AC Milan. He said:

“I do an hour of Pilates a day. The medical set-up at Milan is fantastic and fitness-wise I am the best I have been for a long time.”

AC Milan reportedly insist all their football players practice Pilates because it helps them to stay supple and improve their balance. Apparently, the new fitness regime including Pilates classes has helped to reduce Beckham’s body fat to 8.5 percent from his previous 13.7 percent.

Earlier this month, Becks played the entire match of England’s game versus Andorra at Wembley. This was his first complete match for England in the last three years.

A source told The Sun newspaper:

“David covered every blade of grass. He might get a bit of stick from the England lads as Pilates is seen as a bit of a girlie fitness fad — but he won’t care if he gets to South Africa.”

Becks is due to return to LA Galaxy in July and he and his wife Victoria Beckham have already signed up to Pilates classes in the exclusive Sports Club in Los Angeles.

So, Pilates is not just for women and David Beckham, New Zealand’s rugby team and England’s cricketers are proving Pilates is for men too.

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