How to make fitness part of your system by Gerald Anderson
Barry Viloria on Jan 24, 2017 04:08 PM
Get inspired by this actor-triathlete as he prepares for the LA Marathon. (Photos taken from Anderson's Instagram: @andersongeraldjr)
Gerald Anderson never looked so excited than he seemed when we saw him at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon press con last week. The last time we saw him particularly cheerful, jacked, and tanned was his birthday weekend two years ago, when he invited his family, the ASAP production crew, and select members of the media to join him on a trek in Mount Pinatubo. A day later that time, he would bring us to Subic to see him train for a forthcoming IronMan then set in the same area. The obvious reason behind Anderson’s recent glow: The 27-year-old triathlete and actor has just been tapped by the shoe brand to represent the country at the upcoming marathon in California. (Skechers sponsors the prestigious annual event, which came to be in 1986.) He is going to run at the 42k category, when it commences on March, his birthday month.
“Sobrang excited and motivated ako,” he could only muster.
The Philippine rep
Anderson has just received the news December last year, and took it on with no hesitation. Call it coincidence of some sort, but we’d like to see things fitting in like a glove. He has already joined duathlons and triathlons before, and is indeed a sporty person himself. And by sporty, we just don’t mean just pumping iron at the gym; Anderson who spent some of his childhood years in Missouri like sailing and braving the woods, and having played basketball with neighbors when he lived with his mom in General Santos City, he loves the hoops he even captained one of the teams at the recently held Kapamilya Playoffs 2016. Right now, he is also sharpening his triathlon training in preparation for his triathlete role on his upcoming soap Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin.
True, Anderson is swamped these days. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing all these physical activities to keep him in Hollywood matinee idol shape. People might remember the former teen heartthrob boasting of baby fat back as a Pinoy Big Brother Housemate. But it’s been more than 10 years since, and along with commercially successful blockbusters and shows plus slew of endorsements he’s had, the actor celebrates more than a decade of his career looking his fittest.
“Hashtag—blessed!” he would say.
His athlete mentality
Yet, but we believe it’s also about Anderson being an athlete that has led instilled in him enough discipline to keep up.
“I’ve been training already—twice a day na workout. Kahit sa taping, hinahanap ko ang workout. Hindi dahilan ang schedule para maging busy. If you’re passionate magli-lead yan at everything you do. Tumatakbo ako kahit nasan ako—kahit galing abroad. I’m always pushing myself in any aspect in my life.”
This same attitude, he has carried over to showbiz.
“Pagdating ko sa acting, may athletes mentality (na ako). I used to play a lot of basketball. (My motto was) always be better always do something everyday to improve yourself everyday,” he said, adding that working out is literally his everyday vitamins. “Ang hirap pag di ako nakapag-workout sa isang araw. Yun ang kape ko.”
But to help fine-tune his system for the LA Marathon, Anderson keeps it modest. He has Coach George Vilog of the Philippine national team looking over his training, and the rest he just relies on “YouTube” and “dedication and discipline.”
Keeping fit both in body and mind
On a regular day, Anderson’s already running or working out at 8:45 until 10 in the morning. He follows it with a 45-minute swim and then go biking all before lunch. If there’s no scheduled taping or commitment, he goes “Netflix and chill, or sleep”—although, he declared, “Sleep is overrated. Nanghihinayang ako sa oras. (But still), train hard but train smart.: It’s a good day for him if the taping location is in Subic, his happy place where he could swim, bike, and run during breaks. In terms of diet, he doesn’t follow any since he has to get what he can from food with everything else going on.
“Tuloy tuloy pa din ang training,” he stressed. “It's better to be stay ready than get ready.”
Some words of wisdom right there, Anderson knows too well the importance of staying fit to be at your most optimal. He made it known how frequently working out—particularly running—has helped him in his conditioning whichever sport he would take on later.
“Mas gumaganda laro ko conditioning-wise (lalo na sa basketball),” he said. “Di ko na kelangan magpa-sub.”
Anderson landed fourth at the 2015 ASTC Asian Triathlon Cup, Powerman Duathlon Asian Invitational last November, and sixth at the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas World Series last December. For both events, he joined the Male 24-29 age group. He has since been keen on saying running has become a favorite over biking and swimming. Running has been the actor’s “weakest sport”; he found it too “boring and mabagal,” but he recently likened it to “therapy (that makes you think of) things in your life and yung status sa buhay mo.” He became too honest to say that after getting competitive about running, he now enjoys it even over, yes, basketball.
Barely two months before the LA Marathon, the new Skechers ambassador said he is trying to transform all the pressure into motivations. While he promises “doble effort,” he said that right now he only has one goal, which is to outdo no one but himself.
“I am not just going to finish a race. (I will) Have a good time and just be always be at the best of what I do.”
“Compete with yourself—yan lang talaga kalaban mo, it doesn’t matter what sport (you’re in).”