Victoria and David Beckham's personal trainer shares the secrets to her workouts

Victoria Beckham photographed in 2023, inset photo of her campaign for VB Beauty
Photo credit: Getty Images / Steven Klein for Victoria Beckham Beauty

Last year it was revealed that the imitable Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham has apparently eaten the same meal for a quarter of a century, and since then, interest in how the former pop star maintains her svelte figure has continued to bubble - especially in the wake of Netflix's Beckham documentary.

Following its release, internet searches for the former Spice Girls' workout routine have skyrocketed by 5000 percent around the world, according to Google Trends, with the campaign for her new fragrance collection - featuring her incredibly toned arms - also perhaps piquing curiosity.

The 49-year-old fashion designer has long been known to adhere to a strict diet and is often said to be a "very fussy eater", a claim backed up by husband David, who revealed for the duration of their relationship she has only eaten grilled fish and steamed vegetables.

Speaking to Vogue, the Beckhams' personal trainer, Bobby Rich, shared some of the secrets to Victoria's physique - which is honed through five days a week of training and a focus on weights. 

Throughout the year, Rich said he separates her exercise programme into different blocks or "mini cycles", spanning power training, endurance training, strength training, hypertrophy, and cardiovascular training - with each block focusing on themes of maintenance, intensity and recovery.

"If we were on strength training, we might have a 75- or 90-minute session because there's a little more rest involved due to heavier weights, while other times it might be a 50-minute session. They kind of do what they're told [laughs]. It's the priority for the pair of them," he told Vogue

Despite the couple's commitment to their fitness, Rich notes he will "pull the foot off the gas" when their schedules are particularly crammed to ensure exercise doesn't become an additional stressor - although Victoria often still tries to complete her workouts remotely when on the road, he added.

The secret to Victoria's physique is training consistently, but combining workouts of varying intensity, he revealed. He also advised those looking to start - and sustain - a consistent and effective routine to find an activity you find enjoyable, which is more likely to lead to long-term success. 

"She does a lot of dumbbell, barbell and bodyweight work, and I incorporate lots of functional and compound movements, using two or three joints and muscle groups, each time," he explained. 

"If you're doing weight training three to five days a week, getting bulky is not going to be an issue. It's only when people are doing two to three sessions a day, five or six days a week, that they start building that kind of muscle."

Co-owner David Beckham of Inter Miami CF and wife Victoria Beckham look on prior to the Leagues Cup 2023 match between Inter Miami CF and Atlanta United at DRV PNK Stadium on July 25, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Co-owner David Beckham of Inter Miami CF and wife Victoria Beckham look on prior to the Leagues Cup 2023 match between Inter Miami CF and Atlanta United at DRV PNK Stadium on July 25, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo credit: Megan Briggs / Getty Images

Overall, Rich reiterated that consistency is the key to achieving results, compounded by a clean diet and smarter training. 

"It might sound intimidating at first, but it works. If you want to try this at home, you can start by breaking it down into what's manageable for you," he said. 

"Victoria treats training like brushing her teeth - it's something she wants and has to do and it sets her up for the day. It's just part of her lifestyle."

Speaking to the River Cafe Table 4 podcast a while back, the mum-of-four prompted a public outcry after she revealed her favourite comfort food was "toast with salt on it".

"This is where I sound even more boring in the food department. Okay, what do I like? I like whole grain toast with salt on it," she admitted.

The star also said she likes her meals to be cooked without oils, butter or sauces - a preference not shared by her sports star husband.

Posh and Becks' high-profile romance began in early 1997, with the couple tying the knot in July 1999. They are parents to four children - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.