How are sports stars keeping fit during lockdown?

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While sport is suspended stars from the world of Football, Athletics, Boxing and beyond are finding new ways of keeping themselves in peak physical condition for when elite action does eventually return.

There are plenty of ways to keep fit during the hiatus, of course. And we’ve rounded up the different ways in which athletes are keeping active while sport is on hold.

Personal Training Regimes

This is the bread and butter for sportsmen and women. Each athlete will have been given a training regime to follow which replicates the fitness work they would otherwise be doing with their club, coach or organisation.

However, that doesn’t mean that some of the figures aren’t open to interpretation. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley copped plenty of stick for a 16min 5.2km run which did in fact take place over an elapsed time of 1hr 5mins.

Even Joey Barton got involved on Instagram to take Barkley and Chelsea to task. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, have been encouraging their players to join team workout sessions using Zoom.

Regardless of how sports stars are keeping fit, all we know is that shares in GPS fitness-tracking app Strava must have rocketed over the last month or so.

Challenges

Keeping fit doesn’t have to be all about gruelling runs and statistical analysis. Sports stars and the general public alike are trying to keep fit by taking up various challenges posted on social media.

From the Toilet Roll Challenge to the 5k Challenge, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and John Terry are just three of the names to get involved. The one we really love, though, is the 2.6 Challenge.

Brought about as a result of the cancellation of the London Marathon, which is run over 26 miles, the 2.6 Challenge encourages people to complete any task, fitness or otherwise, 2.6 or 26 times.

Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge was one of the famous names to take part, while the British Women’s marathon team set about completing a socially distant relay by running 2.6 miles each.

Encouraging others

Not everyone has the same motivation to keep fit at home; take it from us. But sports stars are doing their bit to get the nation up and moving by leading classes either on Zoom or via pre-recorded videos.

From Boxing star Tyson Fury to ‘Body Coach’ Joe Wicks and Sunderland defender Luke O’Nien, there’s pretty much something for everyone when it comes to online workout sessions.

Are you following a training regime from an established sports star? Or have you come up with your own ingenious workout programme? Let us know!

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.