How Gerald Anderson is getting real ripped for the LA Marathon

Gerald Anderson on getting real ripped for the LA Marathon
The countryís rep to the 42k event gets serious on his preparations. (Photo by Vyn Radovan, grooming by Jay Herrera, styling by Sam Potenciano. Shot on location at City of Dreams Manila. Special thanks to Skechers Philippines' Joseph Asong and Ian Reynoso, and City of Dreams Manila's Romina Gervacio)

Getting to know Gerald Anderson in person will remind you how much you’re missing out in life if, say, you’re not that good-looking enough that you’ve always been relegated to a 9-to-5 job. He’s always out and about, in far places we could only dream of vacationing in and experiencing things that often require luxury and/or a knack for serious adventure. But the ever-humble actor, who turned 28 last March 7, downplays the glam of it all. He says he just feels blessed getting to do what he loves to do. It’s all the more now that “work” has gotten him doing something he’s terribly passionate about—triathlon.

In his upcoming show Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigbirtin, Anderson gets to play a triathlete for the first time. He begins, “Sa’kin kasi, nagkataon lang din. I’m very athletic both off and on camera. My new role is demanding an active lifestyle, which is, wow, swak for me! So, blessing in disguise talaga yung show, and we’re very happy na dumating itong ginagawa namin.”

Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin is set to air in the last week of April. While it hasn’t hit the small screen yet, many are already finding him too perfect for the role. Anderson, who has been in triathlon for some years now, belongs to the active and adventurous sort. As a kid, he would join his brother Ken camping in the Missouri woods. He played basketball in barangay leagues down south in General Santos, later leading to him being “discovered.” He had just finished at least two triathlons and two 21k runs to kick off 2017. Last Sunday, he and his footwear sponsor Skechers even held an intimate fun run to celebrate his birthday.

Then again, it’s not just the much-anticipated sports-centric show that has been making business seem like pleasure for the actor-athlete. In six days, he flies to Los Angeles where he will train briefly before taking on the prestigious LA Marathon on March 19. He has been chosen to represent the Philippines among other, say, more known and experienced triathletes.

“It’s exciting. Puro physical yung simula nang taon ko!” Anderson, with his tanned skin tone betraying his mestizo roots, tries to sum up his feels. “I’m happy naman and ine-enjoy ko naman nang sobra.”

Because of work, Anderson hasn’t really relied on orthodox triathlon training to prep him up for his first 42k. Right now, he has George Vilog of the Philippine national team just overseeing him—it’s mostly sariling sikap. Say, Anderson brings his bike to every taping (usually held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) and roams around the location. If the place allows and he’s on break, he also goes out for a quick run.

Even if Anderson has no taping scheduled ahead, the day would usually look busy with events, shoots, and other commitments to attend. Yet, he does a quick run and biking before he heads out or after he’s accomplished all of it. He works out at his gym at home to strengthen and condition himself further.

You don’t get tired, we tell Anderson. He laughs it off, “Sayang oras, eh. Mahirap na kasi it’s hard to get it back. Kunwari mag-train tayo ng sobrang sipag and then mag-rest ka, mahirap bumalik, eh. Tsaka, sayang oras. Para sa’kin, yun ang ibig sabihin ng YOLO. Enjoy mo yung ginagawa mo. Kung pwede nga lang hindi tayo matutulog, eh! Ang sarap nun, ang dami nating pwedeng gawin! Pero now, kasi active ako kailangan ko ng maraming rest—yung sleep is for recovery.”

Anderson’s diet is almost inexistent, as he has to eat to fuel himself for the whirlwind lifestyle he lives.

“Pag wala akong laban, pwede namang walang diet kasi tuloy-tuloy ang training. Pero like one week before the race or three days before the week, medyo diet ako para magaan ako sa race.”

He is currently trying the no-meat diet to help him lose weight. His stand-in nutritionists who have advised him about it? Fellow actor-athletes Jake Cuenca and Ivan Carapiet.
 
“‘Yun sa taping, si Jake magaling mag-diet and kasama namin si Ivan na who’s really a triathlete at na-e-enjoy niya yung pagta-triathlete niya. I asked kung ano ginagawa niya , kung ano diet niya and yun, ginagaya ko lang,” he continues. “I tried lang kasi for the race kung makakagaan siya and yun, mas magaan nga. So yun, medyo bawas-bawas din ako ng carbs.”

With the LA Marathon just around the corner, Anderson is fast gaining confidence not just from his improving performances in his frequent runs. It’s also from the moral support his friends in and out of showbiz have been giving him lately. Mind you, his athleticism is never for show. Sports has long found itself ingrained in him, that rest is nothing but a necessity now.

“Nitong taon marami pa kong sasalihang triathlon, eh. I’ll be doing about five to six triathlons this year. I’m doing a lot kasi nga in line rin naman sya sa show na  ginagawa ko.”

“Tuloy-tuloy na sya. Lifestyle sya talaga. I might take a day off after the LA Marathon, one day or yung airplane ride pauwi—‘yun na yun!” he quips.

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