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Budi learns how important training is.

Fit to Play

Fit to Play

In this issue, Budi learns that he needs to train if he wants to be as good as he can be. 
 

It’s Sunday morning in Tanah Ijo and Coach has asked the team to come in for extra training.  Adhi: One more and that’s 100!  Adhi: Wow! This is hard work today! Rini: Coach Novi really wants us to be as fit as possible!   Rinii: Where’s Budi? I haven’t seen him all morning.  Adhi: Ha ha! Have you ever seen Budi at fitness training?!

 

Adhi: Hey Budi! We missed you at fitness training this morning.  Budi: Oh yeah. I forgot all about it.  Budi: I don’t really like all those exercises and running for ages without the ball.  Adhi: But, you have to be fit if you want to play for 90 minutes every weekend.  Budi: I am fit, Adhi! Look at me - 100% muscle ha ha!  Budi: Training is not as good as playing. Training is soooo boring!

Understanding

At the beginning of the story, Budi has no interest in training, he's only interested in playing. Why is it important to train? In this first activity, think about why it's important to train and what might happen if you don't do any training or exercise. 

Activity 1: What can exercise do for you? Budi has no interest in training, but exercise has lots of benefits. In this activity, look at the questions and decide if they are true or false?
How can exercise help you?

The following Saturday, Five United are playing a difficult match against their local rivals.  The other team keep taking the ball from Budi.  The ball keeps running away from him.  After 60 minutes, Budi is so tired he falls to the floor.  Budi: Coach! I need to come off, I can’t run! I’m exhausted!

 

Coach Novi: What happened, Budi? You were brilliant in the first half, but you weren’t as good in  the second half. I had to take you off!  Budi: I’m sorry coach. I just couldn’t run.  Novi: It’s because you never come to training. If you were fitter, you could run faster and last 90 minutes.  Novi: Look! Your team needs you. We all need to work together and that means training together, too!

 

Budi: Coach Novi was so angry. I have to train to stay in the team, but it’s so boring!  Adhi: Come on Budi. It’s not that bad. I train three times a week and I’m a better player because I train.  Budi: Yeah, yeah I know.  Adhi: It can be fun, too. Train with me and I’ll show you how training can be fun as well as getting you fit!

Grammar - 'as + adjective + as'

We can use the structure 'as + adjective + as' to compare two different things. When we want to say that two things are the same or equal in some way, we can say 'as + adjective + as' to talk about this. Look at these examples:

"This season, the Premier League is as popular as always."  

"The world's biggest tomato is as big as a football."

We use 'not as + adjective + as' to talk about something that is not the same or not equal in some way. Look at this examples from the comic:

"Training is not as good as playing."

We also use 'as + adjective + as' to talk about what is possible. In the comic, Rini said:

"Coach Novi wants us to be as fit as possible."

Sometimes we can also use an adverb in this structure. Here are some other examples of using the 'as....as' structure to talk about possibilities.

"I wanted to get home, so I ran as quickly as I could."

"Can you call me as soon as possible, please?"

Now, have a look at the activity below to check your understanding. If you want to know more, check out the Grammar Pages on our Learn English website.

Activty 2: The example sentences that you ave been looking at include the structure 'as.........as'. In this activity, look at the words and try to make a sentence including this structure for comparing two things.
Can you put the words in the right order?

For the next few weeks Adhi and Budi meet very early in the morning for training.  Budi runs and runs.   Budi works on his fitness.  Adhi: How do you feel?  Budi: I’ve never felt better!

 

A few weeks later….  Into the final 10 minutes of the match and Budi is feeling fresh and fit.  Budi goes past his opponent easily.  Coach Novi: Wow! Budi is so much better. He’s one of the fittest players on the pitch!

 

Novi: You were great today, Budi. How are you feeling?  Budi: Thanks, Coach, I feel great!  Adhi: You played for 90 minutes today, Budi.  Budi: I wanted extra-time. It’s a pity we won! Ha ha!  Budi: I’m sorry I haven’t been to training. I promise I’ll be at every training session from now on!  Budi: Who wants to go out for a run tomorrow morning?  Adhi: Meet you at 6!

Vocabulary

There were quite a few difficult words and phrases in this issue of the comic. For example:

"I need to come off. I'm exhausted!"

"I wanted extra-time. It's a pity we won!"

Have a go at the activity below and see if any of the words or expressions are new for you.

Activity 3: In this activity, you have to match the phrases from the story with the descriptions.
Match the words to their definitions.

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What do you think?

Why didn't Budi want to train?
Why is training or doing exercise important in daily life?
What regular exercise do you do? Do you enjoy it?
Is diet as important as exercise? Why/Why not?
 
Tell us your answers in the comments section below.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
30/06/2020
TR
5074
points

Because he thought it's so boring.
To keep fit and healthy and to have stamina which is so important in games.
I go for a run twice a week and do cycling as well.
Diet is as important as exercise because it helps you to do exercise with more flexibility.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
30/06/2020 23:17
Turkey
Manchester United
5074

Because he thought it's so boring.
To keep fit and healthy and to have stamina which is so important in games.
I go for a run twice a week and do cycling as well.
Diet is as important as exercise because it helps you to do exercise with more flexibility.

jjosebadillo's picture
jjosebadillo
13/02/2020
MX
434
points

because he didnt want
i like run


jjosebadillo's picture
jjosebadillo
13/02/2020 19:11
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
434

because he didnt want
i like run

Czarek54321
08/11/2019
PL
314
points

Easy peasy lemon squeezy


Czarek54321
08/11/2019 17:05
Poland
Manchester City
314

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Diet is as important as exercise.
If you exercise without and diet you are likely to fall and even faint after a period


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 01:01
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Diet is as important as exercise.
If you exercise without and diet you are likely to fall and even faint after a period

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

I play football and I enjoy it


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:55
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

I play football and I enjoy it

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

It helps to work out our muscles and get us ready for whatever activity that might exit ahead of us


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:53
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

It helps to work out our muscles and get us ready for whatever activity that might exit ahead of us

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
4754
points

He thought training was boring


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 00:51
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

He thought training was boring

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Because he is lazy


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HakanUslu1881
06/03/2016 04:11
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Because he is lazy

joto
02/03/2016
AT
271
points

he has to train


joto
02/03/2016 15:59
Austria
Stoke City
271

he has to train

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

And a minor mistake in the 'as...as' exercise: Lions aren't as big as lions - interesting statement))))


nikosonris
16/02/2016 08:10
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

And a minor mistake in the 'as...as' exercise: Lions aren't as big as lions - interesting statement))))

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admin
16/02/2016
GB
344
points

Well, at least it's not a typo this time. I have no idea how this error came about. 

Thanks, as always.


admin's picture
admin
16/02/2016 11:16
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

Well, at least it's not a typo this time. I have no idea how this error came about. 

Thanks, as always.

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Diet is a must if you want to keep fit.


nikosonris
16/02/2016 07:53
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Diet is a must if you want to keep fit.

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I go jogging every other day and I do enjoy it especially in spring time.


nikosonris
16/02/2016 07:52
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I go jogging every other day and I do enjoy it especially in spring time.

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Doing regular exercise is very important to maintain/improve your fitness level. Healthy mind in a healthy body!


nikosonris
16/02/2016 07:50
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Doing regular exercise is very important to maintain/improve your fitness level. Healthy mind in a healthy body!

nikosonris
16/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Budi just overestimates his physical condition and thinks he will be as fit as the other players even without training.


nikosonris
16/02/2016 07:47
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Budi just overestimates his physical condition and thinks he will be as fit as the other players even without training.

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ZoeyRedbird
15/02/2016
RU
369
points

Because he thinks the training is boring.
Because it is important to be prepared and to be always in fit.
Skatebording because it's cool and i like it.


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ZoeyRedbird
15/02/2016 17:10
Russia
Manchester United
369

Because he thinks the training is boring.
Because it is important to be prepared and to be always in fit.
Skatebording because it's cool and i like it.

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nalssgair
15/02/2016
LY
145
points

8 of 10


nalssgair's picture
nalssgair
15/02/2016 09:58
Libya
Arsenal
145

8 of 10

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016
UA
5007
points

I reckon that diet is important but not so as exercise is. Exercising we help our stomachs to digest all we ate. If we train ourselves on a daily basis it doesn't really matter what our diet is. IMHO


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Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016 03:55
Ukraine
Liverpool
5007

I reckon that diet is important but not so as exercise is. Exercising we help our stomachs to digest all we ate. If we train ourselves on a daily basis it doesn't really matter what our diet is. IMHO

Sadulla's picture
Sadulla
14/02/2016
UZ
121
points

Is it possible to get PDF forms of your premier skills lessons


Sadulla's picture
Sadulla
14/02/2016 03:54
Uzbekistan
Chelsea
121

Is it possible to get PDF forms of your premier skills lessons

Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2016
ES
504
points

Hi Sadulla,

We do have PDFs for some of our lessons. Take a look at 'The English Game' and our vocabulary section and you will see some PDFs in the download section on the side of the page.

We're happy that you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2016 08:27
Spain
Liverpool
504

Hi Sadulla,

We do have PDFs for some of our lessons. Take a look at 'The English Game' and our vocabulary section and you will see some PDFs in the download section on the side of the page.

We're happy that you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team

Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2016
ES
504
points

Hi Sadulla,

We do have PDFs for some of our lessons. Take a look at 'The English Game' and our vocabulary section and you will see some PDFs in the download section on the side of the page.

We're happy that you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
15/02/2016 08:27
Spain
Liverpool
504

Hi Sadulla,

We do have PDFs for some of our lessons. Take a look at 'The English Game' and our vocabulary section and you will see some PDFs in the download section on the side of the page.

We're happy that you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team

Sadulla's picture
Sadulla
14/02/2016
UZ
121
points

Hello there ,These comics are very useful for beginner footballers because you are teaching them how to be fitted


Sadulla's picture
Sadulla
14/02/2016 03:52
Uzbekistan
Chelsea
121

Hello there ,These comics are very useful for beginner footballers because you are teaching them how to be fitted

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016
UA
5007
points

I like running (except winter) and swimming and cycling in the summer and late spring.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016 03:52
Ukraine
Liverpool
5007

I like running (except winter) and swimming and cycling in the summer and late spring.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016
UA
5007
points

Permanent training or doing exercises is a must. If you don't move forward - the stream of life flows you back.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016 03:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
5007

Permanent training or doing exercises is a must. If you don't move forward - the stream of life flows you back.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016
UA
5007
points

Budi did not grasp the reasons for constant training because he forgot the saying : "Practice makes perfect".


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
14/02/2016 03:48
Ukraine
Liverpool
5007

Budi did not grasp the reasons for constant training because he forgot the saying : "Practice makes perfect".

cisilce
13/02/2016
US
358
points

Training or doing exercise important because it's makes people happier, healtier and more stronger.
I prefer to walking and swimming.


cisilce
13/02/2016 22:18
United States
Arsenal
358

Training or doing exercise important because it's makes people happier, healtier and more stronger.
I prefer to walking and swimming.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
13/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Because he thinks it is boring.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
13/02/2016 15:03
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Because he thinks it is boring.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
12/02/2016
DZ
3726
points

Because training is boring.
Training is important in daily life because it help us keeping our body healthy and having good sleep and humor.
I use to run once a week and do some exercices although I am 65 years old.
Diet is as important as exercice and bad eating affect our life hygien.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
12/02/2016 18:17
Algeria
Manchester City
3726

Because training is boring.
Training is important in daily life because it help us keeping our body healthy and having good sleep and humor.
I use to run once a week and do some exercices although I am 65 years old.
Diet is as important as exercice and bad eating affect our life hygien.

tofa's picture
tofa
13/02/2016
AZ
7
points

Training helps to sleep better.


tofa's picture
tofa
13/02/2016 17:21
Azerbaijan
Manchester United
7

Training helps to sleep better.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Diet is as important as exercise because you can't build your muscles only with exercises. Healthy food is a fuel for your body, and it is important to make a good balance between exercises and nutrition.


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aragorn1986
12/02/2016 15:10
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Diet is as important as exercise because you can't build your muscles only with exercises. Healthy food is a fuel for your body, and it is important to make a good balance between exercises and nutrition.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016
ME
3557
points

I usually go swimming in the summer, or doing a long runs. Sometimes I'm lifting weights but not more than 3 times a week.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016 15:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I usually go swimming in the summer, or doing a long runs. Sometimes I'm lifting weights but not more than 3 times a week.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Doing exercises is important not only for professional players but also for every single person who wants to stay healthy. It is good for your mind as it is for your body.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016 15:04
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Doing exercises is important not only for professional players but also for every single person who wants to stay healthy. It is good for your mind as it is for your body.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016
ME
3557
points

Budi didn't want to train probably because he didn't understand the importance of exercises and working on his physical performance. Fitness training programs would prepare him to endure all 120min if necessary.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
12/02/2016 15:01
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Budi didn't want to train probably because he didn't understand the importance of exercises and working on his physical performance. Fitness training programs would prepare him to endure all 120min if necessary.

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