Experts agree that the best way to sweat like a professional footballer is by training hard. That can mean thousands of push-ups, sit-ups and crunches every day, many of which should be performed in time with your favourite music or at least accompanied by some heavy breathing.
But if you want to make sure you get the maximum benefits from all those exercises and don’t strain yourself, there are a few things athletes do right: they use their own body weight for resistance; they avoid wearing anything but sports gear while exercising; and most importantly, they do not go to extremes when it comes to how much exercise equipment such as treadmills or rowing machines they use during training sessions.
“We recommend that no more than 10 percent of gym members perform aerobic activities on cardio equipment,” says Dr Keiran Hamilton from the University College London’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES). “The rest should be using free weights.”