With the extension Wednesday of the team training moratorium across MLS, players are having to get creative as they look to stay fit.
“I don’t have weights at home,” said Inter Miami CF goalkeeper Luis Robles during a conference call on Wednesday. “One of the examples that have been used for strength training is filling up a gallon-sized milk jug. So I use that for some of the exercises and it is a creative way to do the training.”
While the players have been physically isolated, Robles’ teammate Wil Trapp emphasized the support they have gotten from Inter Miami owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham, particularly given the suspension of MLS games came just 48 hours before the club was due to play its home opener against the LA Galaxy.
“I was so impressed with Jorge and David and how they approached this entire ordeal from the beginning,” Trapp said. “The anticipation going into the LA Galaxy game was high for the club, the entire city and especially for us as players. What I found so touching of our ownership group was the fact that they came to us on the field on Thursday before the news was out in the media. They told us that the game would be suspended. That this quarantine, so to speak, was going to derail our season a little bit. To have the personal connection of them coming to us, was something that you don’t always get from ownership groups.”
Trapp joined Inter Miami in January from after previously spending his whole career with the Columbus Crew and has quickly occupied a starting role in manager Diego Alonso’s roster, having started in both matches played this season. Although adapting to a new team while social distancing is far from ideal, the 27-year-old shed some light on how improvised, but highly structured and monitored, training sessions have continued.
“I think the club has done an excellent job with providing us the resources to not only keep up with what the training program should be from an aerobic capacity but also an anaerobic capacity with at-home lifts and videos provided to keep guys accountable,” he said.
“Just think of it as the same way we do at training,” he continued. “We wear GPS vests with a GPS pod designated to each individual. So we picked those up last week in somewhat of a drive-thru menu set up at the training facility and every day we’re given runs through a team app that we use. It’s organized via your positions. So central defenders, outside backs, midfielders, etc, all have different running programs each day of the week. We’ve been instructed to wear those GPS pods during these running programs so the training staff can log the right amount of distance and all those sorts of things.”