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La Salle doing online team workouts to keep in shape amid quarantine, says Pumaren

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 18, 2020 4:06pm

Under the different types of quarantine implemented by the Philippine government as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, sports teams aren't allowed to come to train and do workouts together.

This begs the question as to how and what they've been doing to keep in shape amid the quarantine imposed nationwide.

Well, for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, they've been doing online workouts that lasts for an hour and a half every Monday to Friday for more than a month now.

"Believe it or not, for more than a month now, we've been doing online team workouts," said La Salle head coach Derrick Pumaren in the Hoops Coaches International webinar last week.

"The players, they have individual workouts, but kami we have team workouts at 8 in the morning, Monday to Friday then we have break on Saturday, Sunday."

Just like any other athletes and teams out there, Pumaren doesn't want the Archers, once this pandemic and quarantine is over, to come out with poor conditioning.

As for their workouts, Pumaren shared they are just not limited to the physical and skill aspects as the Archers have also been doing yoga sessions to help enhance their mental health.

"We don't want if everything is okay, everything is good, we don't want to come and just back to zero again. We want to be at least in shape, maybe not in basketball shape, but we're in better shape when we come back to eliminate the injuries," said Pumaren.

"We're trying to do dribbling skills online, we got yoga, we got conditioning skills, we got video clips, everything Thursday. We do a variety para di rin ma bored yung team. So they're not just there, not doing anything. 

"They want to do individual (workouts) that's better, but we have an online team workout. Even the guys that are in the States, they're doing with the team so mga eight o'clock. So yung mga east coast, tamang-tama, okay din."

Pumaren, a multi-titled coach, said this is the least thing the Archers can do to stay in shape.

"We try to innovate, we're in this kind of situation, it's not the norm. We have to innovate. As coaches, we have to find means and ways to be able to do something to put our team in shape."

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