Figuring out how to be fit is not an easy task. Everyone has a different opinion that it is to get confused. But taking advice is about knowing the pedigree of who is giving it. We’ve gathered some pointers from a few University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Players (MVPs).
Start with a clear goal in mind. –Mark Frederick C. Calado
UAAP Season 80 MVP Boys Volleyball, Far Eastern University
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How you start can affect your entire process. That is why it’s important to know what areas you’d like to work on, what skills you’d like to gain, and how. “Para sa akin, bilang isang volleyball player, workout from upper to lower body ang kailangan ko para tumaas ang talon at lumakas ang mga tira,” the FEU player imparts. “Kailangan ko rin ng speed drills para bumilis ang galaw during games.”
Having variety and introducing some workout dynamics are good things to keep in mind. But don’t be so focused on switching up between different routines that you forget to be intentional. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the possible workout moves you could do and the equipment you could try. Stay focused on your goal helps you get a better outcome.
Remember the core exercises. –Cherry Ann Rondina
UAAP Season 77, 79, 80 Beach Volleyball MVP, University of Santo Tomas
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— Cherry Ann Rondina (@Rondina011) May 20, 2018
Cherry Ann shares the right MVP attitude: self-discipline. The UST start is self-aware, and uses specific workout routines that improve both her strengths and weaknesses. With core exercises such as stretches, push-ups, and sit-ups with a medicine ball, she makes sure to be primed every day with 2 sets, before and after training. “It’s all just self-discipline,” she says. “I always have this quote: don’t stop unless your done. I think I’m not done yet.”
Go the extra mile. –Airah Mae Carle Albo
UAAP Season 80 MVP Women’s Badminton, De La Salle University
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Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and put in some extra work. Eyeing to boost her stamina, the Lasallian defines her limits separate from others’. “I do extra training on court even though the others are done na. I do extra training for my legs with theraband then the same for my arms,” she says. If others are done and ready to leave but you feel that you’re not ready to stop then keep going. Being aware of your own pace is the better way to go than lagging behind a schedule that works for someone else. It’s important to know what your goals are exactly, but it’s also just as significant to know how much time you can invest.
Consistency is key. –Jack Danielle Animam
UAAP Season 77, 78, 79, 80 MVP Women’s Basketball, National University
Continue what works and improve what doesn’t. But even when you’re already seeing results, it doesn’t mean you should stop right away. “I attend training every day and lift some weights,” she says. “I regularly do dumbbell chest press, shoulder press, lateral raise, bicep curls, and tricep extension.” Identifying that squats and upper body workouts are the routines that help her best, the NU player makes sure she’s established a fitness habit and stays committed.
Treat yourself. –Jessie Khing Lacuna
UAAP Season 78 co-Athlete of the Year awardee Men’s Swimming, Ateneo de Manila University
There’s an easy tendency to quit and become unmotivated when you don’t know why you’re in it in the first place. Sticking to it, however, is easy peasy when you’re focused on the prize. For ADMU’s stellar swimmer, simply going through the motions isn’t enough. It’s also imperative to take a break when needed. “Keep in mind the goal you want to achieve, but also make time for yourself to rest,” he recommends. The body is not at its peak when overworked and it takes as much discipline to recognize when you’ve hit your limit. Give yourself the liberty to cool down and reward yourself because you’ve earned it. “Kailangan rin yan ng katawan mo para maka-recover ka. Dapat happy ka sa ginagawa mo.”