Home-based exercise

2020-04-08 06:02
Official Comrades Marathon coach Lindsey Parry with athlete Irvette van Zyl in a file picture from 2019. PHOTO: gallo images

Official Comrades Marathon coach Lindsey Parry with athlete Irvette van Zyl in a file picture from 2019. PHOTO: gallo images

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ATHLETICS officials confirmed the very uncomfortable news for professional runners and social jogger recently, but Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi tried to pacify the nation before the lockdown began last week.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Comrades Marathon representatives both said that runners have to follow the government’s regulations and stay indoors except for necessary activities such as shopping for groceries and medication.

The day before, there was a glimmer of hope for outdoor jogging during the lockdown when Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he saw no problem with that or walking one’s dog alone for a short period.

But police boss General Bheki Cele shut that window firmly and said no outdoor exercising would be permitted, at all.

As a consequence, runners, like other athletes and gym goers, had to start making arrangements to train at home during the lockdown.

ASA spokesperson Sifiso Cele responded to a query from The Witness yesterday by saying the government regulations took precedence over sports wishes at present and his organisation would not challenge that. “There is a law proclaimed by the state president and everybody must follow it,” he said.

Official Comrades coach Lindsey Parry said that “things are pretty tough” as a result of the regulations set out by Cele.

“That leaves indoor options such as treadmills, spinning bikes, stationary trainers, rowing machines and aqua jogging if you have a pool. It’s also a great time to work on strength training,” he said.

But what about those who don’t have access to indoor training equipment?

“Home-based strength exercises,” Parry responded, “step-ups, shuttle runs on the driveway, skipping, etc.”

Meanwhile, Bok captain Kolisi had a sincere message for the nation as South Africa prepared for a 21-day lockdown to battle the coronavirus.

Via a video clip shared by the Stormers, the World Cup-winning skipper called on South Africans to adhere to the rules of government as the country aims to curb the spread of the global pandemic, as reported by Sport24. “The most important thing right now for us as a team is the health of the country ... and what the people need ... we must make sure we send the right messages and show how much this means to us by making sure we are staying within the rules,” Kolisi said.

“It is tough for everybody ... if you can’t do much, just stay at home because that is also supporting what the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] has said.

The whole world is asking for [everyone] to fight this thing. So do what you can as a person.”

With the country in lockdown, the Stormers players will aim to stay fit at home. Coach John Dobson said earlier this week that the players will be provided with home gym equipment and will be doing technical analysis during the enforced period of lockdown.

Kolisi added: “We as a team still have a responsibility to stay in shape, look after ourselves.

We have to be in lockdown, but we have to make sure we use our resources to maintain fitness and conditioning so that when the day does come that Covid-19 is finished, we are prepared and ready to play.”

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