Säbener Strasse may be largely deserted while the players of Bayern Munich stay home in self-isolation, but that does not mean that their Teamgeist (“team spirit”) should suffer. The club has found a novel way to keep the players fit and in touch during the coronavirus epidemic: cyber-training.
In a two-minute video, Bayern shared glimpses of the team’s first cyber-training sessions. Some players, like Manuel Neuer, are inside what looks like a home gym; others like Thomas Müller train outside their homes in the sun; and still others, like Alphonso Davies or Thiago Alcantara, train in the comfort of what looks like their own living room. Thiago even has some company — his dog! Check it out:
The sessions are largely run by Dr. Holger Broich, whom you can see with Hansi Flick and then on an exercise bike early in the video above. That extraordinarily fit older gentlman putting the stars through their paces? That’s fitness and rehab coach Peter Schlösser.
Broich and Schlösser are streamed live from Säbener Strasse to the players, who all sign in from home. Flick described the fitness training as variable (FCBayern.com):
Our coaching team has planned sessions that can last 90 minutes or only 75 minutes, depending on the emphasis. In principle, we alternate between basic endurance and high-intensity interval training, and there’s strength training, too.
Broich said, “What makes me really happy is the positive group dynamic that emerges, even though everyone is connected with each other only virtually.”
Flick is also working with smaller groups of players in sessions of his own. He said,
The whole group will be for training. In addition, however, I have also already begun to communicate with small groups of players by way of video-calls.
Thus Flick and his team are doing their best to keep the players in shape while we all wait out the current crisis. Not a bad idea to pass the time.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home!