FILE – Phoenix trainer Louie Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus pandemic should not be an excuse for PBA players to stay in top form, even if the current season is suspended indefinitely.
To ensure that a certain level of fitness is maintained, several teams such as San Miguel, Phoenix and Alaska have provided their players with some workouts that they can do at home while closely monitoring their health.
Beermen's head coach Leo Austria said he and his team were in contact with the players and asked them to keep their shape as the league is still unknown due to the deadly virus.
Austria said he told his coaches to send video workouts to the players, while the team's physiotherapist even suggested exercise routines that did not require equipment.
"They are responsible enough and they are professionals so that they know how to do these things," said Austria on Filipino Sunday.
He added that Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter have their own gear to keep in shape while Moala Tautuaa and Von Pessumal jog in their villages.
As for Alaska's Jeffrey Cariaso, his players have cardio programs that complement their personal training.
"What we have done in the past two weeks is to give the players a cardio program that they have to do along with their own personal workouts," said Cariaso. "It is really difficult to monitor, so we trust players to understand the importance of staying in shape and exercising every day."
Phoenix has now made it one step higher.
Louie Alas, head coach of Fuel Masters, said his team not only sent their players conditioning programs, but also video clips of their games so they wouldn't forget their system.
"We have physical condition in which we sent them a body weight program and training videos," said unfortunately. "For mental conditioning, we sent video clips of our offensive and defensive games through our group Telegram and Viber so they don't forget the defensive and offensive plans."
Blackwater head coach Nash Racela also made sure to keep an eye on his players by holding team workouts through Zoom.
"Most of the time we have individual workouts, but we train three times a week with Zoom in a team," said Racela. "The rehabilitation of injured players is also monitored."
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