Warriors begin beach workouts
Waikiki Beach can be a natural recruiting tool for the Hawaii basketball program.
It is also a natural training area.
The Warriors held a hard workout in the soft sand at Waikiki Beach last weekend as part of their preseason training. They went through various running and jumping drills for about an hour, and then ended the workout with a competitive game of two-hand touch football.
“We do this every Saturday morning at 6 a.m.,” Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said. “We just get here before anybody else gets here, and we just have a real good hour-long workout. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also really hard because you’re doing it on the beach.”
It was an eye-opening experience for many of the new Warriors, and not just because they had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for the workout.
“I’m not used to this back home,” said freshman Shaquille Stokes, who is from Harlem, N.Y. “My dad used to tell me to run the beach, but I never did. It’s tough. The beach is tough.”
The once-a-week beach workouts will continue until early October, and it will culminate in a “King of the Beach” competition among the players. They will battle each other in various beach drills, and the winner will get his name on a perpetual trophy. Bill Amis won it last year.