WHETHER or not Zumba lessons gave them an instant boost will be be known as the San Miguel Beermen takes on the Star Hotshots on Easter Sunday when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup resumes at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum after the Holy Week break.
The Beermen began to incorporate the dance fitness program craze as part of their cross-training before the start of one practice session this week ahead of the marquee matchup against their sister squad Hotshots at 6:45 p.m.
“We just started Zumba as part of our training to enhance more our flexibility, agility, and endurance,” SMB coach Leo Austria said in a text message on Sunday. “And it’s also our way of having fun while developing camaraderie in preparations for our games.”
Chris Ross said the team hired a female instructor from Sante Impact System, where the Beermen do their weight training.
“Coach wanted to do something different for our conditioning,” the SMB star playmaker said in a separate text conversation. “It’s really challenging and tiring. We did five full songs and it’s pretty fun and also a team-building kind of thing.”
“I think most of the guys liked it so it might become a once-a-week thing for us. Haha,” he added, re-tweeting a video of their class on his account.
What the Beermen would like better is to register a third straight victory as they stake their unbeaten record against the Hotshots, who are eager to recover from their first defeat of the conference, a 15-point loss to Ginebra last Sunday that halted their four-game winning streak.
Meralco, running second behind SMB with a 5-1 win-loss record, seeks to sustain its resurgence as it takes the court in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m. against a Blackwater side that is coming off its first win this tournament after four successive losses.