Staying fit at home (First of five parts)

DAVAO. PBA player Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts keeps a daily workout schedule while staying at home. (Jerome Castillo Facebook photo)

PROFESSIONAL and amateur athletes are not spared from the community quarantine being enforced in most cities and provinces in the country.

Staying home may not really be a welcome option for them as they have been living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Since all leagues and competitions in all sports have been cancelled locally, nationally and internationally, Filipino athletes have to make do with what they have in their homes to still keep their bodies and health in tip top shape.

Dabawenyo pointguard Baser Amer of the Meralco Bolts, who is currently on his fifth year in the Philippine Basketball Association, said he keeps a daily schedule while at home.

“It works for me when I work out in the morning so I do that before lunch time,” he said.

Being on a strict diet, according to him, is not practical at this time. “I try to hydrate as much as I can, drink vitamins. I just try to sweat it out during workouts,” he said, adding that he is currently doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout and some light weights.

He added, “It’s the one that works with our few equipment. Also, I highly recommend bodyweight exercises - no equipment needed.”

The former Holy Child College of Davao Red Eagles player, who has also played for Gilas Pilipinas team in past Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, shared his March 18 Workout of the Day (WOD) 300 repetition challenge.

You can try this too but take caution: 15 jog in place, 15 pulse squats, 30 lunges (15 per side), 15 jump squats, 15 burpees, 15 Glute Bridges, 30 donkey kicks (15 per side), 30 high knees, 15 sumo squats, 30 side lunges (15 per side), 30 mountain climbers (15 per side), 30 single-leg glute bridge (15 per side), 30 jumping jacks, 15 push-ups, 15 commandos, 15 plank jacks, 30 shoulder taps (15 each side), 15 caterpillar walk, 10 punches (five each side) then repeat the routine for three times.

Amer, who owns fitness gyms in Luzon, also suggested an easier body exercise routine compose of 20 straight leg raise, 20 mountain climbers, 20 jumping jacks, 20 plank jacks and 20 ab bikes.

Meanwhile, other athletes will also get to share their own fitness regimen in the remaining four parts of this series.


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