Watch David Beckham Crush an Ab Workout in Shirtless Gym Video

Watch David Beckham Crush an Ab Workout in Shirtless Gym Video

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DAVID BECKHAM HAS been off the soccer field for over 10 years now, but he is still training like a pro athlete, and he has the physique to show for it. The ex-Manchester United legend just showed off his lean, tattooed torso—and impressive core strength—in a shirtless Instagram Reel captured during his latest workout.

In the video, Beckham can be seen completing a giant set of hanging knee raises, performing 20 repetitions before dropping back to the floor. Performance coach Bobby Rich can be heard correcting Beckham’s form, shouting “knees up to your chest!” to ensure he doesn’t cheat on those exhausting final reps.

Hanging knee raises absolutely light up your abdominals, but it’s not just your core muscles that should be engaged during this move. While you’re hanging from a pullup bar, it’s not a dead hang: you should be squeezing your shoulder blades nice and hard to maintain a fixed, stable position, which will stop your body from swinging and keep that momentum to a minimum.

Then bend your knees and curl your legs all the way up, until your butt is visible from the front. “That ensures that we’re not just moving at our hips, but our abs are driving the motion,” says Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel C.S.C.S. “That’s because our abs are creating all this spinal flexion and all of this rounding—we’re creating that and we’re managing that as we’re doing the motion.”

Hold that position at the top end of the movement for a second to really squeeze the abs, before lowering your legs again.

And don’t worry, you don’t need to be doing sets of 20 reps like Beckham right away. The great thing about a hanging leg raise is that your abs are under tension for the entirety of the movement, so you’re working them hard even during relatively short sets. Start by trying three sets of five.

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