From virtual World Cups and training outside again: Athletes share ideas to stay active

Bronze medallists Netherlands celebrate on their boat after the medal ceremony for the Men's Eight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Bronze medallists Netherlands celebrate on their boat after the medal ceremony for the Men's Eight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on sports with hundreds of events suspended or cancelled as the world tries to bring the outbreak under control.

After almost two months, many countries have started to ease their lockdown restrictions meaning athletes have been able to start training outside once again.

For Team Netherlands, members from their national rowing team were back training outside on both land and water.

Meanwhile World Para Powerlifting have started receiving videos ahead of their second Online World Cup Series which was designed to keep athletes active and motivated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be five tournaments of the inaugural season which began on 11 May.

USA Para equestrian athlete and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Alanna Flax-Clark shared how stretching and yoga have been a big part of her daily life, even before the pandemic stuck.

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Whether we're in quarantine or not, stretching and yoga play a big part in my life. I deal with a lot of spasticity, tightness, and spasms on a daily basis. Taking the time to warm up my muscles with some simple stretches each morning (and each night as long as I don't fall asleep first!) helps keep me looser and in less pain. The more I can do each morning, the less time I have to spend warming up on my horse when I go to ride. I used to do yoga 1:1 with a great instructor back home in Los Angeles who specializes in Accessible Yoga-- if you're out there look up Sarah Helt! She gave me this great strap from @gaiam that has loops all up and down the strap. It's wonderful for people who have little grip or hand strength. Check it out if you're looking for something to help with your routine! This is just part of my routine. Do you do any daily stretches or yoga? . . . #wheelchairlife #wheellife #jointhejoy #usequestrian #stretchingexercises #physicaltherapy #boxwheelchairs #yogaeverydamnday #womeninsport #womenempowerment #spinalcordinjury #disabilityawareness #adaptiveathlete #femaleathletes #wheelchair #wheelchairgirl #dressagerider #paraequestrian #equestriansofinstagram #equestrian #yogapractice #dressage #stretchingroutine #paradressage #dressagerider #dressagehorse #paralympic #horsesofinsta #inthistogether #TeamTaco #wheelchairfitness

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Fellow American and softball player Haylie McCleney showed that training doesn't need to be complex. The 25-year-old, who is also a strength and conditioning coach, shared a guide to an upper body lift.

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News flash: Training doesn’t have to be complex. It can be so easy to get overwhelmed, especially as a young athlete, figuring out what to do in a workout. I firmly believe if I didn’t go to school for this stuff, I would be lost because there is so much out there 😂 Everyone on IG is a weight coach now and you want to do everything everyone is doing because you think that’s the best way to get you to the top. • • Wrong. Simplicity is key. Consistency is key. • • A guide to an upper body lift: Push something, Pull something, work your core and work some shoulder prehab. That’s it. Then come back the next day and the next day. Keep showing up. That’s where success lies. It’s not in a quick fix program or one magic exercise to fix every flaw in your game. It’s in consistency. • • And being so freaking strong that you feel unbreakable 💪🏼

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For the last two months, this is how Canadian discus thrower Rachel Andres lifting mornings have looked like.

Para taekwondo athlete Amy Truesdale shared that a warm up can be quite simple. All it requires is a tennis ball and the side of the house.

Ukraine sport climber Danyil Boldyrev has been doing push ups regularly in his routines but these ones seem slightly more complex than the original ones.