How to Do a Bodyweight Workout, According to PBA Player Calvin Abueva


The beast is in the house.

Or rather, outside the house, as he took to Instagram to record his workout for today: a seven-move circuit that doesn’t need any equipment, except (if you’re Calvin Abueva) a pair of snazzy Nikes, shin-high socks, and wireless earbuds.

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Here’s the breakdown of his workout, which we confirmed with the Phoenix Fuel Masters' strength and conditioning coach Aldo Panlilio:

Side lunge to step ups, 12 reps/side
Plyo step ups, 8 reps

Pulse squats, 20 reps
Standing vertical jumps, 10 reps
Wall sit, 1 min
Do 3 sets

Pushup (hold at the bottom 5 seconds), 10 reps
Bench/chair dips, 15 reps

Panlilio, who is also the owner of gym Grind House MNL, told SPIN Life: “We do this three times a week. It’s the team workout.”

Even before the lockdown, Abueva has not seen any action in the PBA for almost a year, as he has been under indefinite suspension. Despite this, Panlilio hasn't ignored the Phoenix forward’s fitness. “Even before he was allowed to join practice, we had to make sure he stayed ready by hitting the gym and working on his cardio,” he said.


Panlilio continued: “I wanted to make sure the work he did with me offcourt equaled or surpassed the work he would do in practice on the basketball court.”

This workout, even with the ECQ in place, will definitely help.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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