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Lock down workouts: Get fit during the COVID-19 outbreak

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ISLANDERS stuck in self-isolation are being challenged to get fit during the coronavirus outbreak – as one personal trainer is adapting his business during tough times.

Joe Parkinson and partner Shannon O'Connell training with their French bulldog Eric, named after ex-footballer Eric Cantona (27716466)

Jersey Bulls strength and conditioning coach Joe Parkinson is moving his personal coaching firm into the digital realm and says Islanders do not need equipment to stay fit. The 27-year-old set up his own business – Joe Parkinson Strength & Conditioning – three years ago but says, like many, the current situation has had a huge impact.

Two weeks ago Mr Parkinson experienced a huge reduction in one-to-one personal training hours with clients due to coronavirus fears and forced self-isolation – so he adapted.

The former Jersey Reds strength and conditioning coach said: ‘This is a difficult time for everyone, myself included. Lots of personal trainers in the Island that I know have been impacted. With the advice to socially distance ourselves from one another, keeping active and training can be a challenge,’ he said.

Mr Parkinson has designed a 14-day home workout plan, which requires no equipment to follow it, for £14. It is suitable for all fitness levels and includes video tutorials, a calorie calculator and regular feedback to keep you accountable.

The Island went into lock down on Monday meaning all Islanders are being told to stay in their homes and only leave for essential grocery shopping or two hours' exercise a day.

Health Minister Richard Renouf has urged Islanders to continue to exercise while adhering to social-distancing advice to keep six feet away from everyone outside their household.

‘These are uncertain times for lots of people, and isolation and social distancing can have a big impact on mental health. Exercise can help to mitigate against that and I wanted to offer something that everyone can take advantage of,’ Mr Parkinson said.

For more information visit Mr Parkinson's Facebook page.

Jack Maguire

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