ONE is a top basketball player, a two-time PBA Most Valuable Player at that. The other one of the most recognizable faces in volleyball, having led the DLSU Lady Spikers to three consecutive championships before moving on to the next phase of her career. 'Big Game' James Yap and Michelle Gumabao are champions of their sport who live a life of fitness all year round.
What keeps them sharp day in and day out? To find out, we asked the two champions what kind of training they go through.
“Basketball kasi is an explosive sport. Lagi kaming tumatakbo at tumatalon, so we need to train for that, to be faster and have more stamina than the competition”, says James.
To that end, his regimen includes plenty of interval training and plyometrics. Functional strength training ensures that he is able to apply maximum strength when needed, but also to prevent him from getting injured in the highly physical game of basketball. As the “man with a million moves,” James’ secret is having the engine and the chassis to power him throughout an intense game.
Michelle, on the other hand favors a balance of cardiovascular work, core training, and muscle toning.
“I used to do a lot of that back in the UAAP. Aside from the endless drills and practice games kasi, we had to make sure that our bodies could keep up with the stress day in and day out. But even if I don’t play anymore, I still maintain that same regimen.”, says Michelle.
“For me, physical fitness is part of my life. I love working out! Masaya ako kapag nakasingit ako ng workout even if I have a busy schedule. To stay healthy and fit, dapat yun ang goal nating lahat”, she enthuses.
Being brand ambassadors for Toby’s Sports, it was only natural to ask them what training tools and accessories they love to use. Surprisingly, the two like to keep their equipment list simple.
“Sa training namin hindi kailangan ng mga fancy gadgets. Yung basic lang pero matibay kasi araw-araw ginagamit,” explains James. For him, he does his running on a Sole motorized treadmill. To give his knees a break, he’ll occasionally do his cardio workout on a Core spinning bike.
When he doesn’t have access to a weights room, James resorts to the handy TRX suspension training system. “Actually, parang mas mahirap nga yung TRX kaysa sa old school na weights," he laughs.
For Michelle's part, she loves to have an assortment of simple yet effective training tools. “For my core work, I’ll use Go Fit kettlebells, the fitness ball, and TRX”, she says. For cardio, “I try to run outside whenever possible, but if the weather isn’t favorable then I’ll stick to the Core treadmill or spinning bike,” says Michelle.
To track her cardio routines Michelle uses a Polar Heart Rate Monitor. “Okay din sa akin yung jump rope kasi once nakuha mo yung rhythm parang ayoko ng tumigil,” she explains. As for weights, “Hindi ko kailangan ng malaking weight stack kasi hindi naman ako body builder. So I like to use the selectorized dumbbells. Ito yung na-a-adjust yung weight para hindi mo na kailangan ng isang buong set,” says Michelle.
Properly equipped with the right tools and the right mindset, it’s no wonder that James Yap and Michelle Gumabao inspire so many fans to stay fit and healthy.