• We have improvised training for Malkia Strikers and we are now sharing programs online through a WhatsApp group — Bitok
National Olympic Committee—Kenya (NOC-K) strength and conditioning consultant Geoffrey Kimani wants coaches to show leadership as the sporting fraternity struggles to come into terms with the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking today during the second NOC-K Webinar , themed ‘Maintaining fitness through the pandemic for the elite athletes’, Kimani said: “Coaches are well equipped with what to do at this moment hence the need to show leadership to their athletes. This is the time for coaches, depending on their philosophy, to better the skills of their athletes. I would also like to encourage athletes to have fun and enjoy themselves while training.”
The meeting also featured Malkia Strikers head coach Paul Bitok, sprinter Mark Otieno and rugby international Sinaida Aura.
Otieno spoke about his endeavours to stay fit during the pandemic, saying: “I have chosen to stay focused and work on my weaknesses. I have to be mentally strong and I draw motivation from seeing other athletes train during this challenging time.”
Otieno further spoke about embracing innovation to facilitate his training regime.
“This is the time you really have to think outside the box; improvise training equipment and exercises to maintain fitness,” he said.
Mark demonstrated one of his training sessions with a plyometric tool made in local workshops, also known as ‘Jua Kali’.
Bitok emphasised on the importance of planning during training.
“Planning is an important part of training. We have improvised training for Malkia Strikers and we are now sharing programs online through a WhatsApp group. This includes research and videos of different types of training. I also try to impart the spirit of professionalism to the team,” said Bitok.
The tactician further urged athletes to maintain their personal discipline during this period of inactivity and encouraged them to trust their coaches and the process.
Aura shared her experience after recovering from an injury and surgery.
She said: “Be kind to yourself. Prepare yourself mentally as you will be required to leave your comfort zone on the path to recovery. It is also important to surround yourself with positive people who can assist you.”
She urged athletes to maintain discipline and integrity during recovery from injuries.