Premier League - Redknapp hails new yoga regime

Thu, 20 Oct 12:01:00 2011

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says the club have been enjoying the benefits of a new yoga and pilates regime this season.

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The signing of 40-year-old goalkeeper Brad Friedel over the summer has instigated a change in the way Tottenham prepare for matches during the week after the American brought his own yoga instructor to White Hart Lane when joining the club from Aston Villa.

With Tottenham competing in both domestic and European competition, Redknapp says he has been impressed with the way the methods have aided his side's preparations.

"It's fantastic. We have been getting in to doing the yoga and I think pilates is just an amazing thing," Redknapp said.

"When I started out as a manager, we didn't know what yoga was. You didn't even go on the pitch before the game. It didn't happen when England won the World Cup at Wembley.

"If it's good enough for Brad with the shape he's in at 40, then it's good enough for the rest of us. It's brilliant. It makes the players more supple. Ryan Giggs is in to it, big time. It certainly has kept him in good shape."

Midfielder Danny Rose has also given the new fitness regime his seal of approval, saying: "I'd take yoga and pilates over running up and down hills any day."

However, Redknapp says he will leave the pilates and yoga to his players after a painful experience when trying to participate himself.

“I joined in last week with all the coaches,” Redknapp said. “I couldn’t walk for two days. I don’t know what I was doing, but it wasn’t very good.

"The lady in charge tried to get my leg up and I couldn’t do it, so she lifted it, and I felt my back go. I had sciatica for the next three nights. I’m going to scrub that idea.”


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