He may be 36 years old, but Cristiano Ronaldo remains one of the most desirable footballers in the world thanks to his incredible training and nutrition regime.
Reports from Italy this week claimed the superstar forward had started Juventus’ Serie A opener from the bench at the “personal request” of the players.
Ronaldo will become a free agent at the end of the season and has hinted that the Bianconeri will not seek an extension.
That has led to many speculation that CR7 could be moved this next summer, with the Italian yet to collect a fee – with clubs MU and RM both linked.
This interest is a testament to the striker’s years of tireless training and strict diet, which includes up to six meals a day.
But how does he keep his body in top shape? Here, we uncover some of the star’s fitness secrets.
Do abdominal exercises “as much as possible”
Apart from football training, Ronaldo is believed to be in the gym at least five days a week – up to four hours at a time.
He’s also a big fan of Pilates and swimming, although his personal trainer reportedly had to step in to prevent him from overtraining.
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His utter exercise craze once sparked a rumor that he was doing ridiculous 3,000 crunches a day to get his signature abs.
However, when he launched his fitness clubs, CR7 Crunch Fitness, the star denied that — and admitted to a slightly less crazy goal.
“I do it 4-5 times a week, but at least 200-300,” he says.
“It’s about maintenance, but you should try not to do too much – if you do, you’re going to have a hernia or a disc problem.
“These are all basic exercises, good for pros and cons, but 3,000? No, I can’t even do 3,000 a week.”
He also said that even if you don’t have time to go to the gym, you should “fit as much as you can”.
“You can do abs in the bedroom when you want when you wake up in the morning or before bed in the evening,” he explained when he launched his CR7 underwear line in 2016.
“When you get into a routine, it becomes easier because it becomes a habit.”