With gyms, exercise studios, and even some parks closed in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Myles Turner is doing his part to help keep fans connected and in shape during quarantine.
Joining the online fitness trend, the center-turned-power forward will be leading a yoga class at 3:00 PM EST tomorrow via the NBA’s Instagram Live.
While avoiding the “Quarantine 15” is certainly an admirable goal in and of itself, for many people, exercise is a crucial part of mental as well as physical health. Earlier this month, while guesting on C.J. McCollum’s Pull Up pod and disclosing that his father had contracted and recovered from COVID-19, Turner spoke to the psychological benefits that have come along with practicing the body-bending fitness system, which he credits for improving his functional strength and flexibility:
“I like to challenge myself in different ways,” Turner said. “Yoga is one of those things where there’s no peak to it. There’s no master yoga instructor out there. There’s always something that you can get better at in yoga...”
Later in the conversation, the 6-foot-11 big man went on to detail some of the “unorthodox” training methods his instructor has used to help him stay present in the moment at the free throw line or during a key possession at the end of a game, including taping his mouth shut and....releasing live wasps!
“It makes you really focused on your breath,” he said. “My yoga teacher, she is crazy. So we do a lot of unorthodox stuff. Her studio, there is a whole bunch of wasps, like legit wasps, that are flying around. I thought that was the weirdest thing, but it’s actually intentional. She put those in there to make you locked in and not focused on wasps. If you don’t mess with them, they won’t mess with you.”
Don’t worry, for those of who you are now suddenly feeling the sensation of having insects buzzing in your ear and crawling over your skin, it’s **probably** safe to assume that tomorrow’s exercises will be modifiable as wasps optional (kidding!).
For more from Turner’s conversation on the Pull Up, including how he got used to both the wasps and playing the four, checkout the full conversation below.