Play­ers’ train­ing pics an­a­lysed

Ol­lie Har­ring­ton, Read­ing academy sports sci­en­tist, re­views play­ers’ work­out pics posted on In­sta­gram

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1 Gareth Bale @gareth­bale11

“Stand­ing on a bosu ball with one leg is great for im­prov­ing bal­ance,” says Har­ring­ton. “It also strength­ens the an­kle for run­ning and shoot­ing.”

2 Jose Izquierdo @of­fi­cialb­hafc

“Gym ball roll-outs will boost core strength. The in­sta­bil­ity of the ball makes the ex­er­cise a lit­tle bit harder.”

3 Thibaut Cour­tois @thibaut­cour­tois

“An anti-grav­ity tread­mill al­lows in­jured play­ers to run again much ear­lier in their re­ha­bil­ta­tion, re­duc­ing the body weight by up to 80 per cent.”

4 Collin Quaner @htafcin­sta­gram

“The for­ward lunge is a safe and easy move to bol­ster the legs. It mainly tar­gets quadri­ceps and glutes but works lower limb mus­cles as well.”

5 Ben Hamer @lcfc

“The leg press ma­chine is a good al­ter­na­tive to per­form­ing squats. It works your lower limbs, par­tic­u­larly the quadri­ceps, to boost leg strength.”

6 Per Merte­sacker @p_merte­sacker

“Re­peated hur­dle jumps are ideal for en­hanc­ing lower body power, so you can run faster and jump higher.”

7 Marcus Rash­ford @mar­cus­rash­ford

“He is per­form­ing the Spi­der-man stretch to im­prove his flex­i­bil­ity. It stretches out your groin and hip area.”

8 Ben Davies @spur­sof­fi­cial

“Foam rolling is like self-mas­sage for pro­fes­sional ath­letes. It should be used as a re­cov­ery aid – in ad­di­tion to stretch­ing – af­ter a tough work­out.”

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