Two hours of non-stop running and hurdling in the sand is exactly what some of the most dedicated student-athletes in the state want on Saturday mornings.
Three of them, Saint Louis football players Tasi Tadio, Iona Purcell and Prince Solomon, barely broke a sweat despite the constant footwork and 20- to 40-yard sprints at Ala Moana Beach Park at 7 a.m. The training is coordinated by Liahona Youth Empowerment. Approximately 50 athletes worked out, including a few from the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball squad, including Braelyn Akana.
Tadio admitted with a grin that the grind never stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said conditioning is at peak level.
“It’s probably like a 10. Training every day. No days off. Cannot. You can’t be a couch potato,” said Tadio, who trains with Tactical Strength, as well as Michael Lafaele. “God gives you another day of life, you’ve got to take it as an opportunity to get better.”
Purcell saw significant playing time as a freshman last year while Saint Louis four-peated as Open Division state champion. The linebacker trains with an uncle, Francis Silva, and older brother Noah Purcell.
“As of right now, we don’t know if there’s going to have a season,” Purcell said. “We’ve got to keep training as if there’s a season.”
Solomon, a receiver, trains with his father, Paul. He also works out with Marcus Kimura.
“All glory to God. We can’t wait to have a season,” Tadio said.