Play­ers’ train­ing pics an­a­lysed

Sports per­for­mance guru Chris Barnes casts a keen eye over play­ers’ train­ing pics posted on In­sta­gram

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Alex Oxlade-cham­ber­lain @liv­er­poolfc

“This tests ex­plo­sive leg power,” says Barnes. “Clubs will use it on a Mon­day morn­ing to as­sess how well a player has re­cov­ered and if they are ready to train.”

Wil­fried Zaha @wil­friedzaha

“I wouldn’t en­cour­age foot­ballers to do a mil­i­tary press and es­pe­cially not wingers. I’d urge them to con­cen­trate on key mus­cle ar­eas like the legs and core.”

Shko­dran Mustafi @shko­dran­mustafi

“Leg raises im­prove your hip flex­ors bet­ter than strength drills. Four sets of eight rep­e­ti­tions help to achieve that.”

Adrien Rabiot @adrienra­biot_25

“This is a com­plex sta­bil­i­sa­tion move sim­i­lar to what he’d re­pro­duce dur­ing a game. I’d try a tra­di­tional core rou­tine.”

An­to­nio Va­len­cia @manch­esterunited

“Yoga is great prepa­ra­tion for train­ing and aids re­cov­ery af­ter­wards. Gareth South­gate did 12 Sun Salu­ta­tion ex­er­cises ahead of each ses­sion at Mid­dles­brough.”

Troy Deeney @t_deeney

“I like test­ing play­ers with ply­o­met­ric ex­er­cises but only if they can do them us­ing the cor­rect tech­nique. They must be taught the right me­chan­ics be­fore­hand.”

Leighton Baines @ever­ton

“Don’t be fooled by the fact Baines is us­ing his arms for this move, as it’s all about be­ing able to main­tain a solid core po­si­tion – vi­tal for foot­ball per­for­mance.”

Dani Alves @da­nialves

“Bands fire up the legs be­fore kick-off and pro­vide some re­sis­tance, too. His ad­duc­tor mus­cles are then primed for 90 min­utes of run­ning, twist­ing and turn­ing.”

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