Super Frank Lampard’s Sports Science Secrets
Photography: Jonathan Gainer
Frank Lampard knows what it takes for an athlete to stay at the top of his game. During his 21-year career as a professional footballer, he won 13 major trophies with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a UEFA Champions League. Between his debut for West Ham in 1995 and his retirement after the 2016 season in the US with New York City, he played 1,019 pro matches in total, including 106 caps for England. He is Chelsea’s all-time top scorer with 211 goals, and between 2001 and 2005 made a record 164 consecutive Premier League appearances – this in arguably the most physically demanding league in the world.
Lampard credits his fitness, power, endurance and longevity to a combination of hard work, detailed physical preparation and advanced sports science. But having announced his retirement in February 2017, the 39-year-old is still determined to discover new ways to learn about his mind and body. The former Chelsea idol talks to Men’s Fitness about the science of fitness, building his new post-career training routine, and his ambitions –...