Home gyms and baby partners: How Indian athletes keep fit
The national lockdown in India due to the coronavirus has brought out the creative side of people to the fore, with many taking the time to learn new skills or try their hand at routine household chores.
Athletes have been no different and with the lockdown in the country extended for a further fortnight than originally planned, some Indian sporting stars have made their workout routines more intense.
And some have been outright innovative.
While the time off has given athletes some quality time to spend with their kids, something they would not have had if normal procedures were followed, it seems that some have discovered that babies make great training partners.
Case in point, Indian wrestler and Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and boxer Nikhat Zareen.
Fellow Indian boxer Jyoti Gulia tried a similar trick, but her son seemed an unwilling participant.
Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and her husband, fellow Indian wrestler Satyavrat Kadian, are pushing each other on with workouts together.
The pair shared a video of their intense training session together. Great job guys!
Punia hits the heights
Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia is also ensuring that he stays in top form during lockdown.
The 26-year old is still hitting impressive heights at home and is ensuring his physique remains in tip top condition.
From skipping training to skipping for training
Skipping usually is not the answer to life’s problems, be it responsibilities at work or at home. However, the scenario is not quite the same for Indian athletes.
The lockdown may have kept them inside their homes but many of them do have access to a rope and are happily jumping away while it passes under them (in some cases twice or thrice).
Keeping it simple
While her neighbours might be a little annoyed with the routines, Ashwini Ponappa’s partner certainly did not seem to mind!
The ones who can’t stay away
One would think that athletes would cherish a break, even an enforced one, to take their minds off the sport.
However, that is the difference between us mere mortals and sportspersons who truly love what they do, so much so that Achanta Sharath Kamal, Rani Rampal and Abhishek Verma have gone on and created their own playing areas at home.