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"The training is hard and match-pace and it's always really sharp so you've got to keep going up a level no matter what age you are - that's what sets this club apart."

- Ryan Giggs

25/01/2012 12:00, Report by Gemma Thompson and Ann-Marie Keegan
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Ryan's training secrets

What’s your favourite part of training?
I think all the lads would say the same – boxes. When we first go out we have two lads in the middle [of a group] and the rest, seven or eight, around the side and you've got to keep the ball away from the lads in the middle. There's always a little bit of banter because you're trying to nutmeg your team-mates or stitch them up! It’s always been part and parcel of the United warm-up.

The staff no doubt give you advice on your training regime, but are you able to tailor it yourself as well?
Yes, I think the more experienced you get the more you discover what's good for you and you try to manage yourself. By the time you get to your late 20s you should know your body, and what you need and don't need. You will ask the advice of the coaches as they've got all the data on how hard you've worked that week or what you did in the previous game. They might tell you you’ve done enough or say it would be a good idea to do a bit extra. It’s a partnership with the coaches really, but ultimately it's down to yourself and how you feel.

How do you continue to motivate yourself to train hard?
You’ve got to or you’ll just get swept away. Sometimes I'm up against Carras [Michael Carrick] or Scholesy in midfield, or Anderson, Cleverley or Fletch and you've got to perform, not only in the games but in training. I think that's what sets this club apart - the training is hard and match-pace and it's always really sharp so you've got to keep going up a level no matter what age you are.

How much longer do you think you can play for?
I don't know, just as long as I'm enjoying it really and still contributing to the team and not making a fool of myself in training or in games! If you're not playing well or you feel that you're just coming up short in training, then that's the time to hang up your boots.

What do you put your longevity down to?
I think you've got to be disciplined. You’ve got to eat the right stuff, look after yourself and get your rest which I've found is more important the older I've got. Like I said before yoga has helped me as well, but it's a mixture of a lot of things and getting the right advice. Ultimately though it's down to knowing your body and knowing what's right for you.

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