Swimming in the kitchen, indoor climbing and playing with mom are a few things athletes are doing to keep busy.
Being stuck in your homes, for the most part, sucks. We’re on day whatever of the quarantine and the lethargy, at least for me, is in full force. Every day I commute from my bedroom to my kitchen for work, and some of those days I become exhausted just from eight hours of sitting.
That’s just me though. What about the athletes of the world? The greatest examples of physical acumen in the world are also staying at home. While many are rich enough to maintain that standard using their home gyms, it must be getting to them like the rest of us.
Here’s Russian Olympic swimmer Julia Evimova improvising some training at home.
Nothing snarky here. That’s just seriously impressive. If there’s anyone like me, a man in his mid-twenties, who still thinks that all you need to become a professional athlete is about six weeks of good training and dieting, the above clip should put that notion to bed.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s central midfielder Paul Pogba is clearly mourning the gone-too-soon Premier League season. He posted a clip of him nutmegging (kicking the ball between one’s open legs) his mother. While I share his frustrations, I don’t know if I’d tease my mum like that, even assuming I could pull off a proper nutmeg.
In order to further fuel your sense of quarantine inadequacy, here’s a clip of several jaw-dropping, in-home performances from Olympic-level climbers. They’re busy turning their architecturally normal houses into jungle gyms — my back hurts just writing this.
Here’s U.S. figure skater Madison Hubbell, who performed virtual dancing over Instagram in lieu of her partner not being there.
Some find it easy to make fun of figure skating, but even this quick clip shows its not something most could pull off. If anything, just for coordination alone, which judging by the dancing of most bar-goers, might as well not exist.
This last one is just sweet. A kid goalkeeper with no siblings to coerce into practice had to make do and so we get this heartwarming clip. It even attracted attention from Spain and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. With a little ingenuity, even those of us that aren’t superhuman can get our sports fix.