Team Lakay slowly transitioning back to gym
Team Lakay plans to hit the ground running when gym restrictions are lifted in Baguio City.
The City of Pines is currently under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) after two months of confinement in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Being a model city in containing the case, it would not be surprising if Baguio City further opens up earlier than other parts of the country, and the team’s head coach, Mark Sangiao, cannot wait.
“I only have one plan after the lockdown, and that is to go back to our regular training program and routine,” Sangiao said.
The soft-spoken mentor, however, is very happy with how his athletes have stayed disciplined despite the closing of Team Lakay in March.
“The good thing about it is that they stayed locked in and never really relaxed, even though we’re in a quarantine period,” Sangiao said.
“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.”
Some of Team Lakay’s athletes have started transitioning back to the gym by moving into the facility when the restrictions eased-up.
ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio is one example. He opted to live in the gym to avoid going in and out of his home.
“Joshua and the others are already living here in the gym, in-house,” Sangiao said.
“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. They look like they did not miss a beat because they were disciplined during the quarantine.”
There is still no date as to when ONE Championship will return, but Sangiao promises that his athletes will be ready when it happens.
“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,” he said.
“I think in one month, they’ll be in competition shape.”
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