The Indiana Fever took part in a bootcamp workout at former Fever player Tully Bevilaqua’s Gym41 Thursday morning.
The Fever resumed team activities on Monday after a week’s vacation, and the coaching staff wanted to give the players a little change of pace during the Olympic break. The team—apart from Olympians Tamika Catchings and Natalie Achonwa— will go over a month without competitive games.
“It’s an unusual situation, being the Olympic break,” Bevilaqua said after the workout. “The players are pretty much doing a preseason [routine] during the season. I think the great thing with this is it just gives a little bit of variety and gets them out from the basketball setting. I think they all had a good time today even though we kicked their butts a bit.”
All remaining team members—apart from injured players Maggie Lucas and Devereaux Peters—participated in the hour-long workout. Assistant coaches Steven Key, Gary Kloppenburg, and Carlos Knox joined the “fun” as well.
“It was a great workout, it kind of gave us a break from the running and pounding on the court,” Fever center Erlana Larkins said.
At one point, the whole team rallied behind Kloppenburg to cheer him on as he finished one of the drills.
“It was fun cheering on Coach Klopp,” Fever guard Marissa Coleman said. “He went through the whole workout and didn’t stop once. It just shows our team camaraderie, and no matter if it’s a coach or a player, we’re here for each other.”
Key pointed out how the team can use this experience in a positive way throughout the rest of the season.
“I think you can translate what we did here working hard together into small segments of a game,” Key said. “When things aren’t going well you can revert back to how hard it was to get to that point. Maybe you’re down five points with three minutes to go or something like that, we can all have that common bond to hold onto.”
Gym41, owned by Bevilaqua and her partner, Lindsay, provides bootcamps and personal training, as well as basketball and other sport-specific training. For more information, visit Gym41.com or call (317) 508-5625.
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