Students strive to stay in shape during quarantine


Katie Cooper

Junior cross country runner and ultimate frisbee player Sam Rose dives through the air to catch the disc at the 2019 Queen City Tune Up Youth Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

Cole Parker

The COVID-19 quarantine has botched many athletes’ workout routines. No longer having the structure of daily practices after school has made it easy for many athletes to lose hope in trying to stay in shape.

Some athletes, however, have found it in themselves to continue to work out on a regular basis.

“Every once in a while it can be difficult for me to motivate myself to work out,” junior cross country runner and ultimate frisbee player Sam Rose said. “I enjoy working out because not only does it make me stronger, but it makes me feel better for the rest of my day.”

Working out during quarantine has not been very difficult, according to sophomore swimmer and ultimate player Alex Gettig.

“I have not had that much of a problem motivating myself to work out,” Gettig said. “My goal is to stay in shape; I will strive to accomplish this goal through either routine practices or by working out on my own.”

Gettig is used to training alone.

“Summer is an off-season for me,” Gettig said. “I do not have many activities to do, other than summer swimming, which is not that much of a commitment. I work out over the summer to keep myself in good shape and ready for the next season.”

Gettig uses a variety of different exercises to stay in shape.

“I have gone on a few bike rides and been lifting weights,” Gettig said. “The workout routine I follow involves me doing exercises with push movements on some days and pull on others. For example, on a push day, I train my chest, shoulders and triceps by doing push-ups, army presses and skull crushers. On a pull day, I train my back and biceps by doing pull-ups and curls with a plate.”

These exercises target key muscles that help Gettig become more explosive in the pool.

“Working out my biceps and back is important because when you are swimming, you are pulling yourself in a pool, so rows and pull-ups help me swim faster,” Gettig said.

It helps to be consistent in where you workout, according to Gettig.

“My garage is my favorite place to train,” Gettig said. “It has all of my weights, and in the summer it gets hot, which I like because I think it feels good to sweat while you workout. I can also play loud music that will not disturb anybody because my garage absorbs the noise.”

With the extra time provided from quarantine, Rose has been able to devote more time towards training to make the ATLiens — an under 20 all-star Atlanta ultimate team that competes over the summer.

“I might be in even better shape than I was before quarantine,” Rose said. “I want to make a summer ultimate team, so I have been working out almost every day doing different types of ab and sprint workouts.”

These exercises are beneficial, according to Rose.

“Ab workouts and long runs help me build good endurance for both cross country and ultimate,” Rose said. “Lifting weights and running sprints helps me become an all around stronger athlete, which is beneficial for ultimate.”

Some athletes prefer to train alone, thus making quarantine the perfect opportunity for them to put in the work.

“Personally, I prefer to train alone,” Gettig said. “I think it is beneficial to be able to go at your own pace because you know your own capabilities, weaknesses and goals.”