Workout buddies keep Valdez, Lazaro-Revilla motivated to stay in shape
Mark Escarlote on Jun 17, 2020 05:38 PM
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Even athletes like Alyssa Valdez and Denden Lazaro-Revilla find it hard to work out at home and stay in shape with most of the country still under community quarantine.
Three months – and still counting – of not being able to train, practice, do their usual routine and compete can take its toll.
“For me it’s really hard because probably sabi mo nga this is the longest time (na di nakakalaro),” said Creamline star Alyssa Valdez in an interview on the Crossover podcast Tuesday night. “Usually, the whole year naglalaro [ako] with PVL, national team all throughout the year. Training twice a day sometimes.”
All sporting events were halted last March as the government put Luzon under enhanced community quarantine in an effort to curb the contagion.
“So, sobrang nu’ng start ng quarantine, medyo okay pa eh. May time tayo for rest. Minsan lang ito. You took it positively na, ‘Okay para ito sa katawan ko’,” added Valdez. “But after a while, nu’ng na-extend na siya nang na-extend, parang nade-demotivate ka na rin to workout kasi we don’t know, ‘yung uncertainty kung kailan babalik ‘yung team trainings and tournament.”
The newest member of ChocoMucho Lazaro-Revilla shared that although she had experienced taking a year-long hiatus from volleyball before to attend med school, she couldn’t agree more with Valdez’s sentiments.
“I have more time on my hands to stay physically fit but then like what Alyssa said, may times na mawawalan ka ng gana because of the situation,” Lazaro-Revilla said. “So much uncertainty and you don’t know when training’s gonna resume, when the tournament’s gonna resume? So there are times na you’ll feel down, parang may times ako na wala akong gana to do anything actually.”
Luckily for these ladies, they have the best workout buddies at home.
“I think I’m lucky lang din na I’m surrounded by people na sobrang competitive, athletic so napu-push din ako na to really workout every single day,” said Valdez, who during this lockdown is staying at her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena’s house.
The former Queen Eagle also has Kiefer’s siblings Ateneo basketball star Thirdy and Lady Eagles libero Dani to workout with.
Lazaro-Revilla, on the other hand, trains with husband NorthPort guard LA.
“Luckily, I have LA na sinasabayan kong mag-workout,” she said.
Lazaro-Revilla added that the Flying Titans check and encourage each other to stay in shape via online meetings.
“Buti na lang I have good teammates, we encourage each other when we have team meetings and all that,” she said.
Both players stressed that staying in shape and keeping themselves healthy physically and mentally is essential.
Especially with the Premier Volleyball League looking at staging the fourth edition of the Open Conference late this year.
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