Masters fit and ready if footy comes calling

Zac Masters shows off the rowing machine he borrowed from The Gym Tumut.

Tumut Blues front rower Zac Masters is keeping fit as a fiddle in anticipation for a return to Group 9 rugby league.

The popular competition has been suspended until May 1, while all team training sessions have fallen by the wayside after strict federal government laws prohibited public gatherings and the use of sporting fields.

Local athletes such as Masters were further challenged, with the closure of gyms and boot camps, meaning training at home was the only feasible option.

“I guess we were all expecting gyms to have to close eventually, it was just a matter of time with everything going on in the world,” Masters said.

“The football season being put on hold and potentially abandoned all together has been a shock to the system though.

“I don’t know what we are going to do with ourselves.”

The Blues bookend admitted it was challenging, not only for athletes, but everybody in the community, before going on to explain how he was dealing with the situation.

“As footballers, we are obviously trying to keep fit during these trying times, but it’s also an important part of everyone’s lives in the community,” Masters said.

“I know a lot of the football boys have been trying to get some training done at home, with their own home gym setups.

“Luckily for me, Jess Buckman, a great friend of mine, has leant me a rowing machine, and I was able to organise to hire some training gear from The McMahon Method gym.”

Masters has since recreated a gym atmosphere for his own purposes, and explained that he wasn’t the only local taking advantage of packages offered by local gyms.

“I’ve been able to set up a little gym in the shed to keep myself moving,” Masters said.

“I know The Gym and The McMahon Method have sent out some gym equipment packages to their clients, which I think is amazing.”

Masters stressed the importance of community members keeping fit during these times, indicating that it impacted both the physical and mental wellbeing of people stuck at home.

“For people in the community who don’t have any equipment at home, I think it’s incredibly important to keep moving through this isolation period,” Masters said.

“It’s great, not only for the body but for the mind, just keeping the body moving, like taking the dog for a walk or go for a pushbike ride.”

The fitness fanatic even offered some ideas to residents who didn’t have the same access to training equipment.

“A very basic way to punch out some fitness training at home, with little to no equipment, is combining some body weight exercises into a circuit,” Masters said.

“Squats, lunges, push ups, crunches, planks, burpees; if you combine all of these exercises into a circuit, 30 seconds per exercise and try and punch out as many reps as you can.

“Have 2-3 minutes rest between rounds and I’m sure you’ll get a great workout.”

Masters also suggested that budding trainers should check online for training ideas, whilst also being creative with what they have at their disposal.

“There’s some great at home training ideas online,” Masters said.

“You can also modify those exercises with different things from around the house, such as chairs, benches etcetera.

“The most important thing is to have fun with it, change it up and keep it interesting.”