SINCE fitness gyms stopped operations in line with the quarantine’s safety protocols, this 43-year-old enthusiast decided to improvise and build his own in a narrow alley in San Antonio, Quezon City.
“Regular kasi akong nag-gi-gym, kaya three days after maglockdown in March, nag-start ako mag-set up ng mga equipment dito sa amin para tuloy pa rin ang pagiging active,” Oliver Madali, a QC resident, told SPIN Life.
His house is located in the near dead end of a narrow alley, so he decided to make use of the small space in front of it to put up his own gym made up of his own personal tools, plus some borrowed equipment.
Some neighboring teenagers saw him working out and asked if they could join him. Without hesitation, he invited them over, and even gave them a little coaching.
“Nung araw na nagsimula ako, nakita ako ng mga kabataan, sabi sa akin, ‘Kuya Obet, pwede ba kaming sumabay?’ Ako naman sabi ko syempre walang problema, para at least pagtapos ng lockdown, mag na-gain kami, and may natutunan,” he shared. Some of his “students” are unemployed, with nothing else to do this lockdown.
Madali added: “Tinuruan ko sila ng routine, tapos ng hygiene na before and after, maliligo. Sinabihan ko din na bawal mag-smoke.”
Three months and counting, his three invites were able to practice personal discipline from then on.
“Napanindigan naman nila lahat. ‘Yung routine na tinuturo ko, from basic talaga from magaan to mabigat, ‘yung buong tamang proseso,” the local gym rat shared.
Rest assured, Madali practices proper safety measures. They use masks while working out outside, and sanitize their equipment before and after using them.
“Social distancing din kami, hindi pwedeng magkakadikit kasi may mga tanod din na nag-iikot dito samin. Nililinis namin to, itong mga bakal may ginagamit na cleaning solution. Pati yung paligid, lagging winawalisan at binubuhusan ng tubig na may sabon,” he said.