Training at home: Creative exercises and kitted out like a pro

Despite no team training, the HSV first team are keeping fit in their own homes, equipped with individual training plans and exercise bikes.

In his many years of service for HSV, team supervisor Zoran Suka had never had a task anything like this. On Friday morning, the general handyman loaded his van up with a whole team’s worth of exercise bikes and delivered them to the various members of the first team, so that the professionals could continue to keep fit despite the lack of team training at the moment. The team hasn’t met up to train collectively since the 2. Liga game against Greuther Fürth was cancelled on Friday 13th March, and received individual training plans on Tuesday (17th March), when they were informed that team training would not be taking place until Tuesday (24th March) at the earliest. 

Some of the squad such as Rick van Drongelen and Gideon Jung took matters into their own hands and took an exercise book home with them in their boot as soon as they were aware of the lack of team training, whilst others already had similar equipment at home. To make sure that everyone was able to keep fit inside their own home, Suka delivered exercise bikes to the remaining 17 members of the squad on Friday. The bikes were only placed in front of the player’s doors, to ensure that contact was avoided, as the team did its part to try and stop the spread of the virus.
The pros are having to come up with creative ways of keeping fit having been consigned to their own homes. Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck is keeping himself fit and flexible with a light sensor game that he shared in his Instagram story on Thursday. Meanwhile Jairo Samperio has been using the help of his four-legged friend, putting his dog on his shoulders whilst practicing some lunges and keeping his touch by juggling a roll of toilet paper. Just like Zoran Suka, difficult times call for creative solutions.