So I have to admit: my first weekend under quarantine involved a lot more working out than I anticipated. And it wasn’t just me. The entire family spent part of the weekend in the basement exercising. And we weren’t alone.
With gyms closed because of the coronavirus, anyone looking to work up a sweat has no choice but to do so at home. This includes athletes, who, like the rest of us, are stuck playing the social distancing waiting game.
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Here’s how you can take your workouts to the next level, just like the pros:
Peloton isn’t just a workout. It’s an obsession with a cult-like online community. Peloton users like golfers Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy LOVE their bikes:
Olympic champion Usain Bolt:
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Giants Hall of Famer Michael Strahan:
ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland:
Peloton bikes are sold exclusively through the company’s web site, and the company is promising “contactless” delivery service for those concerned with COVID-19.
But you don’t need to buy your accessories through Peloton. Any cycling shoe with a “3-bolt cleat mount” will work. Here are some options on Amazon.
There’s also the Spintray, sold by Amazon, which will attach to any Peloton bike and let you multi-task with your laptop, tablet, phone or book.
Peloton is just one of many manufacturers offering home cycling equipment. There are plenty of options, including this Schwinn model, this home office, exercise bike hybrid and this JOROTO model. Another option is this U7 Upright bike at Landice.
If a bike isn’t your thing, give TRX a try. It seems to work well for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
You can buy the strap-based workout equipment on Amazon.
If free weights are your thing, you’re not alone. Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward LeBron James is right there with you.
A dumbbell set is a good place to start to a home gym — adjustable sets are always popular. Other free weight options include a bench press, kettlebells, medicine balls, exercise bands, barbells and weight plates.
Former Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo is old school and likes to use a treadmill. The next-best thing to an outdoor run, the treadmill is the essential cardio machine. Some of the available choices include this XTerra folding treadmill, a NordicTrack and a Sunny Health. (Don’t forget the accessories that make it easier to do work while working out, too.)
Of course, most athletes have room in their homes for several different kinds of workout equipment. If space is an issue, consider these:
This Sunny Health model is a good starting point for a full-body cardio workout. Amazon has a lot more where that came from, including the StairMaster that always seems to be occupied at the gym.
If you want to go all-in, a Bowflex is an all-in-one home workout machine. There are a few different options available.
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