Bayern players continue to train remotely: as a regular training session

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Munich (Germany) (AFP)

Bayern Munich players, the German soccer champions, continue the club’s distance training program in light of the restrictions imposed to curb the outbreak of the new Corona virus, stressing that it is similar to a regular training session.

And the province of Bavaria, where the club is based, has become the first in Germany to impose isolation on its residents in order to contribute to curbing the spread of the “Covid-19” virus, which has so far killed more than 13 thousand people around the world until Sunday morning.

Bayern striker Thomas Muller said in an interview with fans through video technology through social networking sites, “We have so far conducted virtual exercises three times (…) It is like a regular training session but via video, with a coach who is in Sabiner Strass” club headquarters .

“We are doing exercises that the coach recommends to all team members. We perform sports movements inside a hall, ride stationary bicycles or run on a moving mat inside our homes,” added Mueller, who is currently staying on his Bavarian farm where he breeds horses.

“We have never had such vigorous exercises to strengthen the stomach muscles as we do now,” he added with a smile.

Bayern was the champion of the past seven seasons, topping the Bundesliga ranking when the German sports authorities decided to suspend the league matches.

The club announced since Wednesday its move to “virtual training” in order to avoid the movement of its players due to the virus, two days before the Bavarian authorities imposed a mandatory quarantine on the population.

“We must do everything we can to respond positively to the situation (the spread of the virus),” team coach Hansi Flick said in previous comments. “Our training team has developed classes that can last between 75 and 90 minutes.”

“We focused on balance exercises. At the end of the training, we did an intense session on (stationary) bicycles. In total, we will do endurance exercises alternating with intense movement exercises.”

“We focused on balance exercises. At the end of the training, we did an intense session on (stationary) bicycles. In total, we will do endurance exercises alternating with intense movement exercises.”

The virtual exercises aim to maintain the physical fitness of the players even if you do not succeed in working on specific muscles.

“The players are equipped with the appropriate sports hours. This means that we are receiving all of their interesting data, such as the heart rate, on our screens,” said Holger Bruishe, who is in charge of physical preparation at Bayern Munich.

“We have to focus on work to maintain fitness. It is easy to manage physical matters remotely through hands-on exercises, strength and endurance exercises,” especially given the players are equipped with sports hours, he said.

“The players are not on the field (…), but they are asked to have commitment to the dates and the same discipline,” he said, noting that the video training allows the players to communicate and exchange words, which constitutes an “important part of the collective life at this time.”

“We ask them to abide by deadlines and discipline.”





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