Having David Beckham as a friend must be intimidating at the best of times, but spending time with him half-naked on the beach is enough to make most men at least a little insecure.
So it's little wonder why Gordon Ramsay opted to tense his stomach muscles when he was pictured with the LA Galaxy footballer on Malibu Beach this weekend.
The TV chef kept a firm hold on his abdomen for the duration of his time on the beach with Becks and his children, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.
Can't stomach it: Gordon Ramsay tenses his abs as he spends time boogie boarding with David Beckham and his sons on Malibu Beach
Svelte: Tana Ramsay rather showed up her husband, looking fighting fit in a string bikini top and short wetsuit
Going flat out: The TV chef must have felt a little intimidated by his friend who is eight years his junior
Both Beckham and Ramsay demonstrated their physical prowess by trying their hand at boogie boarding in the California waters.
But in his navy Adidias shorts 44-year-old Ramsay couldn't compete with Beckham's lithe frame acquired through hours of training in the gym in order to stay match fit for all his football games.
Beckham proved just how fit he is by throwing his sons around, lifting both aloft his head and sending them crashing down into the warm sea.
Match fit: David Beckham was in fine form during their time on the beach showing off the body that has made him one of the world's top male pin ups
Bit Lonely? Other mummy Victoria Beckham was elsewhere, enjoying her day with baby Harper
Fitness buff: 36-year-old Tana is a keen runner, and a fan of exercise as a means to stay in shape
Wearing just a pair of swimming trunks, David showed off his rippling torso and array of tattoos, scattered all over his body.
Beckham's boys Romeo, eight, and Cruz, six, were having a ball in the arms of their father, smiling and laughing as they flew through the air with ease.
The junior Beckhams have spent much of their childhood living in coastal Los Angeles, but even their father looked at home in the ocean despite being a city boy by birth.
David, the Goliath: David Beckham held his son Romeo up high in the ocean yesterday, whilst enjoying a day out in Malibu, California
Careful Tana! 36-year-old had to watch her step on the slippery rocks
As the men in the family frolicked in the foam and practised their wave riding, new mother Victoria was out and about with the couple's new baby Harper Seven.
Wearing dark glasses, a plain green dress, and black cardigan Posh Spice appeared to have lost much of the baby weight she gained appearing as slim as ever but a world away from her image as a polished fashionista.
The 37-year-old was seen in Hollywood with her nanny who was holding Harper's baby carrier as they made their way to a business meeting.
Holding it down: Gordon Ramsay appeared to suck in his stomach throughout his time in the sea
Active couple: Both Tana and Gordon are keen advocates of healthy living and exercise
Friends of the star said that wearing high heels in her pregnancy may have led to the slipped disc.
Victoria appeared at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton while expecting wearing towering five-inch Christian Louboutin heels.
Many doctors warn against wearing high heels in pregnancy as they can put excessive strain on the spine.
Victoria’s Caesarean in July – her fourth - is then thought to have placed her back under further pressure.
Delighted: Romeo squeals with delight as he flies through the air with a little help from his dad
On Friday night Victoria thanked fans for their support on Twitter.
She wrote: ‘Thank u for your kind messages.
‘I’m feeling much better and enjoying every precious minute with baby Harper. I’ m so in love. X VB.’
Victoria is expected to travel to New York – 2,400 miles away from LA – to attend fashion week there and take Harper with a nanny.
Double the fun: David and Romeo were also joined by Cruz, who also got a lift from his famous father
Careful, son: Protective David dutifully looks on as Cruz makes a splash
She will showcase her Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Last week David told of his pride that Victoria was breast feeding.
‘It’s so important that they have that mother daughter bond and breastfeeding, I think is really an incredible thing.
‘We’re in the process of putting it in bottles now so that means I get to feed her – which has been amazing.’
Proud: David holds prized possession Cruz high up in the air
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