There will always come a time in the life of a professional athlete when they will have to train from home. Most of the time, this is due to a certain injury that prohibits them from joining in full training with their team. But whatever the cause, the onus is firmly on the athlete to follow the schedule that their coach is asking of them. So how do they do this?
It all depends on whether the athlete in question is one of the higher-earning in their particular field or not. This makes a significant difference as those receiving larger paycheques will more often than not have a home gym, which for all intents and purposes, lets them get on with exercising as normal.
Stay focused on your goals 💪 pic.twitter.com/UNuGkAAUXm— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 28, 2020
Indeed, they will be able to benefit from having most of the latest gym equipment of the kind you would find in a big health club. For instance, if you were to look inside Cristiano Ronaldo‘s lavish home, you would find a gym to put most to shame. You can understand why these sporting starts need the gyms that they have, given that they would never be able to complete a set of whatever they were doing if they were working out with the general public. Just imagine Ronaldo headed down to his local gym in Turin: the police would have to be called in to control the public!
Also, given how much is at stake these days in professional sports, a home gym is more of a must than anything else as these athletes try to stay competitive for longer. Incidentally, that isn’t a problem for Ronaldo as he seems to be ageing in reverse. In fact, if you were to look at the odds for the World Cup 2022 which is one of William Hill’s most popular sports to currently bet on, you will see Portugal as one of the favourites to win the competition with Ronaldo at their captain, who will be 37 at the time.
But that is the lifestyle of the rich and famous, what about those that do not have the luxury of having their own home gyms? The truth is and this may not surprise you, it’s far more of a grind and it will be back to the basics of working out for those less fortunate. From sit-ups to pushups and even burpees, it’s old-school methods for many when looking to remain active from home. As for cardio, conditions – external and personal – allow, it’s a jog around the block for these athletes.
Why bother? When you’re out of action for whatever reason, it is imperative that athletes of all levels keep some sort of exercise schedule going: firstly, physical fitness can help fight off colds and other illnesses; but maintaining a certain level of conditioning also helps athletes – whatever their level – to come back quickly when they get back into full swing, having recovered from their injury or overcome whatever other circumstances had them training at home.
It is very much a case of different strokes for different folks and one size certainly does not fit all. Despite this, the same fitness goals can be achieved with the right attitude, which at the end of the day, is all that it comes down to for both parties when having to get up off the comfort of the couch at home.