Its a well known fact about Andre Russell that he is a muscle freak. Frequently seen pumping iron and performing exercise, the Jamaican superstar cricketer is famous among his fan base for his passion to look superb as well as play superb. Hailed as one of the greatest T20 cricketers of all time, the West Indies all rounder however, did a mistake during his early training days, neglecting leg exercises. Reason? He wanted to ‘look sexy’ for the women.
Known for his less use of footwork on the pitch, knee problems have caused Russell to drop out of matches time and again. In a recent interview, the 31 year old revealed that back in his younger days, he only trained his upper body, because he thought it would make him more appealing to girls.
Speaking to Gulf News, Russell addressed his younger generation of cricketers, who are looking to get into bodybuilding or muscle training. He mentioned that a full body workout is needed to look good, and also to not skip leg days.
“I want the youngsters to know that guys should not just think about the upper body alone. I used to go to gym and just work only on my abs and my shoulders because I wanted to look sexy for the girls.” Russell told reporters.
The problems of skipping leg training slowly creeped up on Russell: “By the time I reached my late twenties I started feeling the pain like I never felt before. The wear and tear began to show up. If I was doing those strengthening exercises like training of the legs and doing the right things, I would have been fitter.”
Currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, Russell sets the spectators on a frenzy with gigantic over boundaries. But, he lamented that having a stronger lower body would have been better for his career.
He continued: “At the end of the day being sexy and then your legs being weak, don’t work. So it is very important to have a complete work out of the body. I could have done more wonders had I worked on my legs too.”
“I have been struggling with my knees and I cannot really get to do what I want to do in the middle but still I can stand and hit the balls for fours and sixes,” Russell added.
However, these days Russell is seen concentrating on his legs.