Athletes share home workout ideas with Olympic Channel

Being stuck indoors due to the Coronavirus outbreak means you need a bit of imagination to keep fit. Here are some ideas to help stay in shape wherever you are.

By Olympic Channel

The Coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on sport with a number of events suspended or cancelled as the world tries to bring the outbreak under control.

Many countries are now in lockdown, with people staying in their homes to avoid contracting or sharing the COVID-19 illness.

You can watch Tongan viral sensation Pita Taufatofua giving his daily workouts exclusively to Olympic Channel, right here.

We've also got a special section on the Olympic Channel site encouraging everyone to Stay Active. More here.

And here's our pick of the other home workout videos that athletes and Olympians have been creating to help keep us all fit.

Mexican diver Rommel Pacheco took over our instagram live account for this Monday workout, which you can watch back on facebook here.

No weights? no problem... when you've got a child who can help your training.

Rio 2016 bronze medallist Oktawia Nowacka of Poland isn't like most athletes.

As a modern pentathlete, she has five different disciplines to train for, making her home workouts slightly more varied and different.

Here's what she has to share.

The members of the USA's artistic swimming team are still managing to get their group home workouts in... via video call!

Sports climbers have been finding new ways to keep training while at home - stairs, walls, you name them. Don't try this at home!

Volleyball silver medallist Kim Glass is here with her home workouts. If you don't have dumbbells at home you can of course use improvised weights.

Young baby at home? Learn from Olympic champion figure skater Aljona Savchenko.

Monday means glutes! Give this a try.

Here's one with an Olympic medal winning sprinter... and her dog.

Needing ideas of how to workout together? Check out this exercise for when you're not alone in isolation.

And how about a challenge to keep you on your toes this weekend?

Here's one from Vlada Chigireva, the Rio 2016 artistic swimming Olympic champ from Russia.

Four-time judo world champion and Olympic silver medallist Clarisse Agbegnenou is in self-isolation on Reunion, the French overseas island in the Indian Ocean.

She has some workout ideas with a resistance band, plus others specially for judokas.

London 2012 pole vault gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie is another athlete who has risen to the workout challenge.

He's been using his wife, daughter and some car tyres in his home exercises.

We've heard from Damien Quintero (further down), now his Spanish karate world champion counterpart Sandra Sánchez shows us how to stay fit at home.

"No matter what, go forward."

Inspiring words from Ramla Ali, a boxer from Somalia, to get us through this period.

Ghana's first Olympic skeleton athlete Akwasi Frimpong has had a little help with his home workouts.

If you're stuck at home with a young child, here are his tips!

It's time to stretch!

Join Italy's rhythmic gymnastics Olympic bronze medallist Marta Pagnini as she takes you through her routines to stay flexible while cooped up at home.

How do figure skaters hone their skills during Coronavirus restrictions when they can't practise on the ice?

Spanish ice dancer Sara Hurtado requires endurance and strength in her legs to pull off her twizzles and spins. Here she shows off her methods of keeping her legs strong using simple things like a chair or the wall.

While Julian Yee, the first Malaysian athlete to compete at a Olympic Winter Games, has been working on entries to jumps and training his body to generate the power required for take-off.

Who better to pass on tips than 'All Around' star and 2017 artistic gymnastics all-around world champion Morgan Hurd?

Extra marks for use of the cat, although other pets and objects are available.

Buenos Aires 2018 Breaking champion, B-Boy Bumblebee, shared some original ideas.

Click on the video below to see how to use your ironing board to keep fit!

France's Mae Berenice Meite shared three of the exercises from her figure skating training routine.

Watch the video below to get her tips on how to develop the core, legs, and arms.

Chinese gymnast and Olympic Channel 'All Around' series star, Chen Yile, shows us a selection of exercises we can all try at home.

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak with the government imposing a national quarantine last Monday (9 March).

Staying active is somewhat difficult in the circumstances, but sportspeople have risen to the challenge of showing what can be done.

Five-time national figure skating champion Valentina Marchei, who represented Italy at the Olympics in singles and pairs, posted a workout video for her followers.

Her fellow Italian, Atlanta 1996 artistic gymnastics rings gold medallist Jury Chechi, also has a home workout routine.

This one looks a little more advanced...

Spain is another European country bearing the brunt of the outbreak with lockdown coming into force last weekend.

Top kata karate practitioner Damian Quintero has been able to continue training with Tokyo 2020 still very much in his thoughts.

He has been trying to stick to his routine as much as possible, and passed on some exercises for those stuck indoors.

The United States has now advised people not to visit restaurants and bars and gyms at this time.

This prompted Rio 2016 5,000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo to pass on an innovative use for the bath tub, although perhaps don't try this one at home.

Olympic Channel is here to help too with our series Hitting The Wall.

See what happens when Olympians in a number of sports, including track athlete Emma Coburn and Rio 2016 artistic gymnastics gold medallist Laurie Hernandez, show fitness-minded social influencers how they work out.

And if you need a quick burst of activity to get the blood pumping, there's always the 10-second punch challenge...