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    Call them 'Zumba-guel' as SMB incorporates popular fitness program into training

    Jan 5, 2018
    The San Miguel Beermen sway to energetic music during one of their training sessions.

    SO who says zumba is not for macho men?

    The San Miguel Beermen have adopted the popular fitness program as part of their training regimen as the franchise started its bid for a record fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup championship this season.

    Veteran forward Arwind Santos was the brains behind the move, saying zumba does not only promote physical fitness but likewise enhance the camaraderie of the team.

    “Naniniwala ako na maliban sa nakakatulong ito sa stamina namin, kasi nakakapagod rin talaga ito, nage-enjoy pa 'yung bawat isa,” the former league MVP told SPIN.ph.

    “Doon nagiging komportable ang bawat isa kasi mawawala yung hiya mo. Nakita mo naman kahit mga coaches sumasayaw. Nakakatuwa yun, kaya importante sa amin yun.”

    While it is only now that the Beermen began posting their zumba sessions, Santos disclosed they’ve been doing it as early as last year’s all-Filipino campaign.

    “Si Charles Rhodes nga nakakasabay na sa amin,” he said of the hulking import who helped San Miguel win last year’s Commissioner’s Cup championship.

    “Nag back-to-back nga kami nun di ba, kaso nga lang hindi nakuha yung grand slam.”

    Created by Colombian dancer, cyclist, and choreographer Alberto ‘Beto’ Power Pedal’ Perez in the 90s, zumba mixes dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo.

    And while it may look simple to ordinary people, Santos, one of the meanest dancers in the PBA, swears it is not.

    “Nakakapagod talaga,” he said with a big smile. “Matagal din kami inaabot, kulang-kulang mga 45 minutes kasi  mga walong kanta yun na sunud-sunod, dire-diretso.

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    “Kaya nga ang tawag na sa amin the ‘Zumba-guel’ Beermen.”

    Santos, 35, said he’s actually delighted the entire team supported him in incorporating the program into their training.

    “Sinuportahan ako ng mga co-team captain ko, pati sila boss Robert (Non) at coaching staff,” he stressed. “Nakakatuwa naman kasi hindi sila nag-disagree, umoo naman sila kaya dinere-diretso na namin.”

    With the holiday season over, the Beermen are expected to shift into high gear doing the zumba to sweat off the excess weight they certainly gained during the Christmas and New Year’s Day celebration.

    “Before practice kami lagi nagsu-zumba, and twice-a-week especially kapag matagal pa yung laro,” said the one-time UAAP MVP from Far Eastern University.

    “Kahit papaano, kailangan meron kang gagawin na iba (sa practice), para hindi naman masyadong maumay.”

    Santos said the team has tapped the services of a professional zumba trainer to guide the Beermen.

    “Binabayaran namin yun. Trainer din naman siya,” he said.

    “Nakakapawis talaga although depende sa steps ng choreographer  namin,” he added “Nakakatuwa kasi lahat, maski si coach (Leo Austria) nga ganadong-ganado. Walang matigas-matigas ang katawan dito, gumiling ka kung kailangan mo kasi lahat kami gigiling.”

    Music, please.

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    The San Miguel Beermen sway to energetic music during one of their training sessions.
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