Home workout the norm for players

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    ALL the PBA teams can’t wait to get back into action and it shows.

    Despite the Philippine Cup’s resumption still a big question mark due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the players have been trying to stay fit so that if and when the games are allowed they would be ready to go.

    “Home workout, kung minsan magkakasama du’n sa Viber group namin,” related Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.  “Puro home workout lang, minsan supervised ng mga trainers namin.”

    The same online method is being used by the other teams, Phoenix Super LPG included.
    “Puro Zoom lang,” offered Fuel Masters coach Louie Alas.

    “Kami naman parang maintenance na lang iyung workout.  Thrice a week para hindi idle, walang ginagawa. Ayun, at least three times a week. Tapos may mga tips sa ginagawa namin, parang refresher lang.”

    Everybody agrees that nothing beats having full-blown practices in a gym to get back into 100 percent game-shape. But that seems to be a long way off.

    The pro league has already written the IATF-EID two Thursdays ago, asking for permission to conduct gym practices in small groups under strict health and safety protocols. The government agency still has to respond.

    The PBA, shut down since March 11, is hoping to get the IATF nod by July and remains hopeful restrictions on team sports activities would be totally eased up in August to salvage the season starting September.

    That remains a doubtful scenario, considering confirmed virus cases continue to rise in Metro Manila where most of the PBA games are played.

    All the teams can do at the moment is play a wait-and-see game while preparing for the hoped-for green light.

    “Ang pinaka-importante dito, kahit 50 percent lang nasa kundisyon ang mga players para kapag pinayagan na konti na lang trabaho,” said Victolero.

    “Kahit ano’ng workout gawin sigurado ako na may mga nagtabaan sa mga iyan,” Alas sai.

    “Kaya as much as possible panay ang workout para kapag p’wede ng bumalik ng gym mas madaling mabalik physical at game-shape.”