Muscled up: Lekgwathi's gym secrets

Fame & Fortune

Many retired footballers are no longer in shape, but a former Orlando Pirates defender is using health and exercise to ensure he remains as fit as he was during his playing days. 

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Former Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi usually posts videos and pictures of himself doing some hectic exercises at the gym, and has even had sessions with Kaizer Chiefs winger Kabelo Mahlasela. 

At age 42, Lekgwathi is able to keep up with some of his young gym partners. 

“I want to maintain my body and keep myself fit and keep myself healthy. As you know most of the players when they retire they gain weight, so I want to avoid that. I don’t want to gain weight, instead of being called somewhere and then people don’t recognise me because I’ve gained weight,” Lekgwathi tells

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“It’s motivates me when people see me and say ‘Lucky you can still play’. So that means my body is in good shape.”

Lekgwathi has a programme that he follows and keeps learning from the people he gyms with. 

“When you gym, you reduce the chances of getting sick, so that’s what encourages me to stay fit. I train five times a week. On Monday I do chest,Tuesday is legs, Wednesday is back, Thursday is shoulder and Friday I do my arms. I’ve learnt from people at gym is that you should focus on one part and you’ll see results.”

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