It took a global pandemic for Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka to dedicate himself to building up his physique.
Now, the 26-year-old wants to help his teammates discover the same positive impact that Goretzka has experienced from this commitment toward building strength and adding muscle.
Specifically, Goretzka wants to help the ever-so-slight Jamal Musiala.
“What I have taken as a task and as a challenge is Jamal Musiala,” Goretzka said to the club’s official podcast (as captured by Abendzeitung). “We all know what a huge potential he has with the ball. But up top he already gets pushed away a bit too easily here and there, that’s a thorn in my side.”
If Goretzka had his way, he would have started the journey in reshaping his physique earlier in his career.
”I should probably have gone to the gym earlier,” Goretzka said. “That actually brought a little something.”
However, Goretzka also cautions that managing the balance between building strength, staying flexible, and managing his football workload is key.
“You can’t go into training here and your whole body hurts because you did maximum strength training,” Goretzka said. “We usually have three games in a week. Of course, sometimes there is little time to train hard. (During the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine Goretzka had) six to eight weeks where I didn’t have that; where I could throw myself up completely in the gym, and I did that. The result was somehow for me all visible. And that continued to work well in terms of sport.”