Glasgow Warriors prop Zander Fagerson gets on his bike to keep up fitness levels ahead of Edinburgh match
The good news for Zander Fagerson was that he got to enjoy Christmas with his family. The bad news was that he was stuck in the house for ten days.
The spate of Covid-19 positives at Glasgow Warriors meant isolating was the only option for the squad as fixtures against Lyon and Edinburgh fell by the wayside.
It hasn’t been easy for the players who have had to improvise with DIY home routines to try to maintain their fitness levels ahead of Saturday’s game with Edinburgh which was originally slated as the second leg of the 1872 Cup.
The postponement of the first leg means there will only be one derby over the festive season and the long lay-off means Glasgow are hardly in the best of shapes going into it.
“It was pretty tough,” Fagerson said of the ten days spent indoors. “I was moving house so it was pretty stressful. But it is what it is. It was about keeping us safe and making sure Covid doesn’t get spread around
“I’ve done my time now. I enjoyed Christmas with the family and now I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch. I haven’t played rugby for three weeks so I’ve got the excitement back. I’ve had a nice little break, the body’s recovered and I’m ready to go.”
The Glasgow prop got on his (static) bike in a bid to keep fit and also lifted some weights.
“I got a watt bike when I did my ankle two years ago so that was a massive benefit for me,” he said. “I’m not too bad on the old time trials so I got stuck into that. It gave me some peace away from the kids! So I trained more than I probably should have.
“I got a dumbbell from work and some other equipment from Scotstoun at the house so I could do other stuff. It was the same as the lockdown back in March when you make the most of what you’ve got. It’s sometimes hard training by yourself but I actually felt that I got quite a lot of work done.”
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