How to stay fit waiting for gyms to re-open
With very little martial arts able to take place over the last few months, it's been a tough time for athletes trying to keep in shape. It's particularly difficult for combat sports which involve close contact.
Here are a few ways you can continue your training:
On the road, on a treadmill, across the fields, it doesn't matter. Basically any type of running session will help to improve your cardiovascular fitness and stamina. You could try incorporating interval or fartlek runs to increase your speed and agility.
Footwork, movement, strength, stamina, skipping has so many benefits for martial artists - we've got a whole article here - https://www.martialarts-online.co.uk/single-post/The-benefits-of-skipping-in-Martial-Arts
- Shadow Boxing:
Something easy to do with a small space on your own, best practiced in front of a mirror (even a reflective surface like a window will help). Workout in rounds of 2 or 3 minutes with 30 seconds rest to build stamina. You can also look to improve your techniques, footwork and movement.
- Household Padwork / Bag work:
If you're lucky enough to have a punch bag at home, this one is easy. Keep yourself motivated by using a round timer and build up the amount of rounds in every session. Without a punch bag, you can use a set of focus mitts or even boxing gloves. If there's someone else in your household who's willing to hold pads for you.
- Bodweight Exercises:
Don't have a set of weights at home? No problem. Use bodyweight exercises to maintain your muscle and core strength. Reps of sit-ups, press-ups, squat thrusts etc. are easy to do at home and require little space. Your local park may even have some outdoor gym equipment, dips and pull-ups are effective favourites of this magazine.
Hopefully gyms, dojos and martial arts classes will be open for business again soon. In the meantime, keep active with the above exercises and stay ready for your return.