EXPECT a lean and mean Asi Taulava in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
This after the evergreen NLEX Road Warriors superstar rejigged not only his training regimen but also his diet as he prepared for another round of battles with fellow behemoths June Mar Fajardo and Gregory Slaughter.
The 43-year-old slotman has in fact shed another 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms) over the course of the past month ahead of the Road Warriors' debut in the midseason conference on Friday against Barangay Ginebra.
“I changed all of my training regimen. I am now more careful on my food intake. No more fastfood, no more carbo,” said Taulava, adding the new conditioning program was needed to keep up with the Fajardos and the imports.
“I can feel their (Fajardo and Co.'s) improvements. Conference after conference they become tougher and I won’t let myself get run over by my two ‘little’ bros," he said laughing.
Once notorious for his nocturnal gimmicks and heavy drinking, Taulava bared how he has totally made a lifestyle u-turn.
"I no longer drink, before I used to take a sip (of alcohol), now no more. I want to keep my body in tip-top shape. Everybody knows I am one of the last dinosaurs here. So I won’t allow myself and my career at that, to fade into the sunset,” said the 2003 PBA MVP.
The many-time national player said he has also discovered a healthier diet through teammate Rob Reyes, who himself is a conscientious eater.
Aside from that, he has also totally revamped his plyometrics routine.
“I really had to change everything. I wanted to do some drills which would make me lighter yet more steadfast. It’s for offense and defensive purposes,” he said
Asked if his new-found motivation has something to do with his being left out of the new Gilas roster, Taulava made a vehement denial.
“No, definitely not. My heart has always been with Gilas, in fact, I am always ready to answer their call once they will need me again," he said.
"For me, playing for the Philippine flag has no if’s and but’s, they use me, I am happy. They don’t, I have no right to harbor any ill feelings,” added Taulava.
A long-overdue trip to the barbershop on Thursday night completed the new Taulava look.
“I was so focused on training and preparing my body that my beard and hair grew so much,” he added laughing.
“I hid myself from the public. If you noticed, I no longer post pictures of myself. I want to surprise them with the new me. And I want the fans to watch out for me,” he said.