We all know of Cristiano Ronaldo. Whether it’s because of his party boy image, his brief stint dating Paris Hilton, or because he’s actually an incredibly talented world-class soccer player, there is one thing you can’t deny: Ronaldo is incredibly ripped.
For many, his physique is enviable. Plus, unlike others who lean down drastically only to balloon back up (or out), Cristiano Ronaldo seems to maintain his lean body year-round. While this may be old news – and viewing this soccer player’s chiseled abs as if on display is nothing out of the ordinary – this time the athlete is giving the world some of the best pointers on how to maintain their own level of fitness.
This comes just in time for his 30th birthday and release of the spring/summer underwear range from his CR7 collection on February 5th which he modeled himself. Interested in seeing the pictures? Take a look here.
So, on top of his already vast portfolio and record, you can now add fitness guru to that, as the Portuguese captain shares some of his best of advice that he incorporates into his own plan. Some shockers? Alcohol is actually not at all a part of his lifestyle, he eats six times a day, and believes that working out with a similarly fit partner is essential for added motivation. Take a look below at 10 of our favorite tips from Cristiano Ronaldo himself.
1. Learn to train your mind as well as your body. Mental strength is just as important as physical strength and will help you achieve your goals.
2. Be disciplined. Keeping yourself motivated and sticking to your routine is key. For me, there is no room for easing off so I have to be strict.
3. Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training. I go to bed early and get up early, especially before matches. Sleep helps muscles recover which is really important.
4. Warming up properly prevents injury. In training we do a few laps of the pitch, stretching and cardio warm up exercises. Make sure you do something similar in your training, even if it is jogging to the gym or a warm up on the treadmill or bicycle.
5. Cardio sessions are also key for building up endurance and stamina, and to stay trim. Try to do periods of around 30 minutes, increasing the number of sessions as you get stronger.
6. A good workout must be combined with a good diet. I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables and avoid sugary foods. I love fish, especially the Portuguese dish bacalhau à braz, and at restaurants I’ll order a steak with salad.
7. Make sure you stay hydrated. Drinking water is so important. I also avoid alcohol.
8. Eat regularly. If you train regularly it’s important to keep energy levels high to fuel your body for better performance. I sometimes eat up to six smaller meals a day to make sure I have enough energy to perform each session at top level.
9. I always make sure I have good music to listen to. It helps you zone out, get motivated and do your best. I like to listen to hip hop and reggaeton.
10. Relax. Training and physical sessions are most important, but living a relaxed lifestyle helps you to be the best you can be, physically and mentally. I spend my free time with family and friends, which keeps me relaxed and in a positive mind-set.
For the rest of Ronaldo’s advice, check out the Daily Mail’s full feature here.
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