How NY Red Bulls' Alex Muyl Is Staying In Shape During A Pandemic

July 2, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

NEW YORK, NY — For professional athletes such as Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl, the coronavirus crisis isn’t just about staying safe — it’s about staying in shape while sheltering at home in one of the hardest-hit cities in the world.

The New York Red Bulls played their first game of the 2020 Major League Soccer season March 1. The team won the game 3-2 over FC Cincinnati and would go on to play one more game before the season was postponed March 12 due to concerns over the new coronavirus.

Players who had just gone through a grueling preseason to find their footing were sent home with the announcement that the MLS was suspending its season for 30 days. The postponement was later extended until “at least June 8.”

One of those players was Muyl, a homegrown midfielder entering his fifth year for the Red Bulls’ first team in 2020.

Muyl and his 26 teammates have had to make sure they stay in shape without access to their usual training facilities, while also living in the New York-New Jersey region, the hardest-hit area of the nation.

“It comes and goes. I’ll have a week where I feel really productive and I’m just getting after it and it feels good,” Muyl told Patch when asked about the mental side of getting workouts in during stay-at-home orders. “And then, I’ll have weeks where every day I’m just beating myself up to go outside.”

The Red Bulls’ training staff has overseen a wide variety of workouts for the players, and it makes sure to keep a watchful eye over the movements of their talented team members.

“Obviously, no one has ever had to do this before, but basically now they’ll send out a workout, and we have a GPS tracker to make sure we’re doing it and track our distance and speed,” Muyl said.

The team also holds Zoom calls with the players to do strength training together from their respective homes.

The Red Bulls even sent a stationary bike to Muyl’s Lower Manhattan apartment to give him another way to get in some cardio training from home.

Muyl, a native of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and a New York Red Bulls Academy product, has used the nearby East River Park as a jogging route, but he is quick to say that doesn’t come without its frustrations.

“It’s definitely kind of been garbage to have to run on the East River because of the concrete — the pounding is tough on your body and even tougher when you’re doing high volumes,” Muyl said. “Also, it just gets kind of crowded.”

“I like having my own space when I work out,” he added.

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