Mark Sangiao pleased to see Team Lakay wards maintain fitness even during quarantine

Santino Honasan on May 21, 2020 06:31 PM
Sangiao happy to see Team Lakay maintain fitness even in ECQ
“The good thing about it is that they stayed locked-in and never really relaxed, even though we’re in a quarantine period,” - Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao (FILE PHOTO)

With Baguio City beginning to ease up on quarantine restrictions, it’s only a matter of time before gyms begin to open back up, something that Filipino martial arts stable Team Lakay is eagerly looking forward to.

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao has stressed the importance of being able to return to the gym for proper training, but he’s pleased to see that even during the two-month period that the whole of Luzon was under Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his wards had maintained their commitment to staying fit and in tip-top shape.

“The good thing about it is that they stayed locked-in and never really relaxed, even though we’re in a quarantine period,” Sangiao expressed. Given that at home, it’s easy to be lazy and blow off training, the level of commitment that these champion athletes is indeed commendable.

“Their fitness levels are very good. I am happy they did their part as athletes during ECQ and they were even posting home workouts on social media,” Sangiao added.

Even more impressive is that some of them were able to find creative ways to stay in peak condition.

Take for example ONE featherweight contender Edward ‘The Ferocious’ Kelly, who channeled his inner McGyver to create training tools from scrap, while former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario went even further up north in order to continue his outdoor runs.

Reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon were fortunate enough to be neighbors, so they were able to train with each other during the lockdown.

While Baguio has already transitioned into General Community Quarantine, there are still some restrictions in place, that’s why Pacio and other members of the famed Filipino stable decided to move into the gym for the time being.

“Joshua and the others are already living here in the gym, in-house,” Sangiao shared. “Joshua decided to stay here, so he does not have to go out often. On the other hand, we go here two to three times a week.”

Even with the time off from proper training in the gym, Sangiao noted that there were no signs of rust.

“They look like they did not miss a beat because they were disciplined during the quarantine.”

With ONE Championship postponing their events for May and with no timetable yet for the events to resume, Sangiao isn’t sure when competition will resume for Team Lakay. Still, there’s no reason to relax.

“The plan now is to build up again, train hard, and refocus. As much as possible, we want to pick up where we left off,” Sangiao said. 

“I think in one month, they’ll be in competition shape,” he concluded.

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