With England in a national lockdown, fitness for those who would normally be involved in winter training and fixtures is a consideration.
It’s partly about enjoyment and also maintaining fitness to stay at a level for when competitive club sport returns.
Lockdown fitness: What you can do
When it comes to exercise, this current lockdown (in England at least) is not as restrictive as the first one.
The new national restrictions make it clear that exercise outdoors is not limited.
You can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble
- or, when on your own, 1 person from another household
That means keeping fit in lockdown isn’t purely home routines though it is January so it might be preferable for some!
General fitness in lockdown
Joe Wicks is back and getting the country moving. Wake Up with Joe on his YouTube Channel has three, 15-minute workouts each week. He’s committed to do them for as long as lockdown lasts.
Nike Training Club offers hundreds of free workouts on mobility, strength, endurance and yoga and mobility. You can download the app, set challenges and track progress.
Fitness Blender has 600 free workouts and you can search by length, difficulty, training type, muscles used or calorie burn.
Sports fitness at home
Here, we’ll look a few sport-specific workouts and activities you can do at home that are relevant across sports.
Back in May, Cristiano Ronaldo shared his home workout routine, a full-body workout that includes legs, abs, chest, glute, lower back and strength.
Reading Hockey 1st team player & Personal Trainer Ciaran O'Connell shared his hockey-themed, home workouts. The four videos are each 25-minutes and designed to be done by all ages and abilities.
The Fit4cricket series is worth seeking out on YouTube. The featured video above has fitness training to strengthen your core, improve your pace and boost your power. It has professional cricketers with their own top tips as they talk through the drills.
Scouring the internet for fitness videos specifically aimed at rugby players throws up a lot of weights training.
This home workout by Fraser Murray Training looks at lower strength and power for rugby players. It requires no equipment or a huge garden to do shuttle runs.
Some of the best lockdown fitness drills are those that keep it simple and actually relate to how we’ll be working out at home.
These three exercises to improve your netball skills from Vitality Rose and Manchester Thunder mid-courter Laura Malcolm are pulled together in a neat video.
Enjoy these videos and we'll be back playing sport soon enough!
Photo credit of autumn jogger: Emma Simpson