As a response to Doctors of BC’s urgent recommendations to limit movement and physical interactions as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Vancouver Whitecaps FC began implementing at-home fitness sessions between trainers and players this week.
On Friday, Whitecaps FC co-owner and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash joined in on the session, co-leading the workout on the 'Caps Instagram account @WhitecapsFC.
Watch the full video of Nash's workout in the video above.
Overseen by Performance Strategy, Research, & Innovation Director Dr. Ben Sporer and with the recommendation of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Bovard, the workouts are conducted via video conference. Leading the workouts are Head of Physical Preparation Jon Poli and Assistant Physical Preparation Coach Max Stanton.
"We do a bit of a mix, starting off with warmup and activation, then do power and high-velocity work, before we work on strength and endurance. The goal is to maintain strength in key areas," said Poli. "The players are enjoying it, we've gotten a lot of positive feedback from them."
Each in their own living rooms, the players follow each exercise, while Poli and Stanton demonstrate each movement and provide step-by-step instructions. The sessions are split into two groups, with sessions conducted in English and Spanish. Group online sessions are held three times a week, while players follow individual programs they use daily.
In the video above, Poli is seen demonstrating a muscle activation exercise, while players Cristian Dajome, Fredy Montero, and Janio Bikel follow suit.
"The key for a successful workout in these limited circumstances is keeping the mentality and putting in consistent work everyday," added Poli.
Whitecaps FC made the decision to move to online at-home workouts as Doctors of BC urges the public to stay home unless absolutely necessary. Doctors of BC call for “no dinner parties. No shopping. No sports, not even outside.”
“We are united with our medical professionals and government in conveying this important message to the public. British Columbia is coming to a tipping point, and every individual needs to take responsibility and do their part," said Dr. Bovard.