Footballers and Pilates

Fulham F.C.Image by nicksarebi via Flickr

32 year old Danny Murphy has signed a one year contract with the Fulham Cottagers as they enter Premier League and Europa League competition. Since this is the Cottagers' first year in this kind of intense football play, they are turning to an old core conditioning standby. That's right, they are doing Pilates!

Fulham skipper Murphy said: "We haven't been here before so there's a couple of different things we have to cater for.

"One is getting fitter that bit earlier than normal because you are normally aiming for mid-August to peak at your fitness.

"So we're doing specialist work, Pilates stuff. It's not my favourite. I'd rather be doing other things.

"It's core work, balancing. Working on making the midriff strong. The lads are getting into it now.

"Ours it at the highest level in terms of intensity. The benefits outweigh doing a 9am class at the local gym with the mums."