Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli’s company carries on with preparation activities, perfecting a video training mode with the official BMW drivers.
Formula Medicine has never stopped in the time spent waiting for the restart. Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli’s company immediately went beyond the problem, adapting its own methods of mental and athletic training to fit the current health emergency situation.
First of all, by offering video training sessions. An unprecedented, almost experimental context immediately met with great acclaim. It primarily involved the official BMW drivers, three times a week, in group “virtual meetings”.
“This is a new situation for all of us. We considered it appropriate to differentiate our activities and guarantee our athletes a continuity of mental and physical training, in order to be ready for the return to the track”, said Dr. Ceccarelli, referring in particular to the work done with the BMW Works drivers and the BMW Junior Team drivers. “The fact of being able to train live, and together in a group, constitutes an additional motivational factor in giving one’s best. Ours are not just physical training sessions, but also great team efforts”.
Each session lasts about an hour, and only requires a gym mat to train. But Formula Medicine wanted to integrate it all with mental training, which is also being done in video conference mode. The intention is always to optimize the mental resources of drivers (and athletes in general) by training the brain: an aspect that Dr. Ceccarelli’s training centre has constantly developed with its own instruments and methods, also creating the first Mental Economy Gym in the world.
“Every problem offers new opportunities”, says Dr. Ceccarelli. “From an initiative that was dictated by the current health emergency situation, a new training model has emerged, which we will continue to implement even when the problem is finally resolved“.
“We are already working to refine our instruments to give an extra option to our athletes, continuing to work with webcam and video conferencing even after the Coronavirus emergency”, continued Dr. Ceccarelli. “During the season the drivers are often travelling, but with one or two video training sessions every week on the days when they have free time, we can stay in constant contact”.
Amongst those who have already enthusiastically joined the initiative are Philipp Eng, Bruno Spengler, Sheldon van der Linde, Martin Tomzcyk and many others.