Ingenious athletes stay fit – and turn engineers

No time to waste: Sailor Khairulnizam Afendy working out at home during the movement control order.

PETALING JAYA: The National Sports Council are planning to send equipment to athletes soon – but, many are already getting ingenious, turning everyday household items into training equipment.

From using a mattress to a detergent container and roping in a family member, athletes are finding ingenious ways to work up a sweat at home. They have even turned engineers, building workout props in the house!

A chair is the only prop taekwondo exponent Yong Jin Kun needs. Jin Kun, who competes in poomsae (non sparring) has been doing posture side kick exercises, as can be seen in a video where he balances himself against a wall and a chair.

Nur Dhabitah Sabri (pic above), Yong Jin Kun and S. Sivasangari also doing some light work at home.Nur Dhabitah Sabri (pic above), Yong Jin Kun and S. Sivasangari also doing some light work at home.

Flexibility is important in not just gymnastics and diving but taekwondo, too.

Tokyo Olympics-bound diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee spends up to two hours a day working out in her living room, sometimes with a detergent container.

“I have no weights or exercise bench at home, so a detergent container is my best option.

“I am just keeping fit at home as I can’t go to the gym at the moment, ” said the Rio de Janeiro Olympics springboard finalist.

Yong Jin Kun.Yong Jin Kun.

Teammate Nur Dhabitah Sabri also put up a video showing her using a spare mattress to do flipping exercises, which is the closest thing to dry gym training.

Squash queen S. Sivasangari is also seen working out a sweat by doing ball throwing exercises in the compound of her home. Sivasangari, who had to return home from the United States because of Covid-19, roped in her mother to launch balls in different directions.

“Stay strong and tough during these tough times.

S. Sivasangari.S. Sivasangari.

“Take it one day at a time and keep working hard as we are in this together, ” she said recently.

Being unable to go to sea is not hindering Tokyo Olympic-bound sailor Khairulnizam Afendy from working out.

Khairulnizam, the first Malaysian athlete to qualify for the Olympics, puts his creative mind to use by building a makeshift contraption to replicate sailing in a boat.

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