Bayern Munich stars are doing more than just the toilet-paper roll challenge at their homes as Bayern have come up with a creating training method to keep the entire team in shape while avoiding travel and contact with one another to reduce the coronavirus risk.
Bayern have set up cyber-training sessions with the players working out together online by following exercises streamed from the club’s headquarters with coach Hansi Flick leading the sessions after the club decided to cancel their training session at Säbener Strasse on Tuesday.
“We all have to try to deal with the situation in a positive way, us coaches, our entire performance team, the players. Yesterday [Wednesday] at 11 am, we had our first “cyber training”, where the team were coached remotely,” Bayern coach Flick told the club’s website.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 17, 2020
“Everyone was motivated, everyone did very well. It will be important that we are in contact with one another daily. The whole group is there for training. In addition, I have already started to exchange information with small groups of players via video calls.
“Our team of coaches has planned sessions which can last 90 minutes or 75 minutes, depending on the training focus. On Wednesday the focus was on stability training. At the end there was an intensive session on the spinning bike,” added Flick.
“Basically, we will switch between basic endurance and high intensity interval training, plus strength training. Everybody can see the coach on their tablet, so they can also do all the exercises we broadcast from Säbener Strasse.
The Bayern mentor went on to say that they are also prepared for the possibility of a lockdown, which seems conceivable, for which they have developed home office solutions.
“We are well prepared for everything that might come – for new challenges that the ever-changing situation brings. We have to accept this, just like everyone else in our country,” concluded Flick.
Meanwhile, the club’s head of science and head of fitness coach Professor Dr. Holger Broich said that the players are “equipped with fitness recording clocks.”
“That means we get all relevant data of each player, such as the heart rate, on our monitors at Säbener Strasse,” said Broich.
“What I am very pleased about is the positive group atmosphere that is created, even when everyone is only virtually connected.
The boys then don’t meet on the field, but online. The same regularity and discipline is required of the players. When the training was over on Wednesday, the video transmission was far from over,” he said.
“The players talked to each other, exchanged ideas. That’s why the video training sessions are an important social experience at this time too.”
By FARPost Reporter