FC Pune  City’s footballer Marcos Tébar on his fitness regimen
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FC Pune City’s footballer Marcos Tébar on his fitness regimen

The 31-year-old Spanish footballer shares his fitness regimen and love for the game

pune Updated: Jan 25, 2018 16:27 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Marcos Tebar, FC Pune city player is currently seen as the defensive midfielder in Indian Super League matches (HTPHOTO)

My father (Antolin) would encourage me to play the sport as a three-year-old toddler in the house. I remember it being chaotic but fun. This is how my passion for the game grew. When I turned five, I moved to football grounds, and at the age of 13, I was picked by Real Madrid. I played my first game with the team in 2002 in a friendly match against Sevilla,” shares Spanish footballer Marcos Tébar.

As a teenager, Tébar remembers visiting stadiums to view matches and recollects how watching live games helped him understand the game better. “As a member of the academy and team, we would get free passes to games. I would keenly observe players and referees to gain more knowledge about the sport,” says Tebar, who never followed a regimen as such when he was young.

A day in his life
The FC Pune City player starts his normal day with orange juice, eggs and green tea. The defensive midfielder follows this with a training session and a protein-rich lunch and dinner. “The idea is to supply the body with enough carbohydrates and proteins depending on the type of training for the day. It generally translates to ‘the harder the training the stricter the diet’,” says Tébar , who loves chocolates and has one cheat day in his diet in a week.

Health benefits of football
Tébar shares that football as a game helps you build strength and core muscles. “Other than physical benefits, the game gives you great experiences and you get to meet so many people. Also, the travelling develops you personally and professionally,” he says, adding, “ The physical training lets out a lot of sweat that help in maintaining the body temperatures. The core muscles of the body and upper body strength is bettered with the game and it keeps you healthy mentally and physically.”

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 20:07 IST