Chelsea star David Luiz reveals how yoga has become his very own flexible friend
David Luiz has enjoyed fantastic success as a Chelsea favourite. Now it seems, the Brazil ace wants to enjoy a long stretch of more glory days at Stamford Bridge…and is using YOGA to help him do so.
Former Wales winger Giggs famously prolonged his playing days at Manchester United using the ancient techniques and the added flexibility they provide. And now Samba star Luis has admitted he helps stay in shape doing so.
People tend to use yoga to help relax, or in a workout or to get in touch with their spiritual side. It is unclear the exact benefits Luiz feels he gets from the 5,000-year-old practice.
He said: “I do yoga once a week, normally two days before a game. I do it to release, to think about different ways, and also to release the brain and to not lose energy before a game. This is important.”
Meanwhile, Luiz — in the frame to face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday for the Blues — has lifted the lid on his daily routine at the club’s training ground in Cobham.
He told the club’s website: “Normally I get here at 8.30 or 9 every day for training at 10.30. I have breakfast, I eat well. I always have the same thing: omelettes, some avocados, some cereals and water.
“Training doesn’t just start on the pitch. Every player has some work to do, normally in different parts of the body. Normally I work more on my legs, also to get strong.
“When I have time and it’s not the days after a game I can work a bit more on the muscles. I like to work on this also for my balance. I work on different contraptions in the gym and then always with the physios to stretch and things like that to make my body ready for training.”
And the versatile Luiz admits recovery is a huge part of the process after training and ahead of vital matches for Antonio Conte’s side.
He added: “It’s important to start the recovery after training, with exercises, stretches, the swimming pools. I use the pool a lot, also in my home, I am always training there too. In the water you use your muscles in a different way: not with impacts, not with challenges, it’s different.”