The Olympics might not be happening in 2020, but Olympic Day is, and it gives you the chance to join in with live workouts led by Olympic athletes.
Olympic Day 2020 occurs on Tuesday 23rd June and 23 athletes have already been involved in shooting a workout video, which is available now on the Olympics website. Then on the day itself there will be workouts at 11am local time in 20 time zones that you can follow on the Olympics’ Instagram page.
Some of the athletes involved in the Olympic Day workout video include Team GB’s Lutalo Muhammad, who represents Great Britain at taekwondo, USA gymnast Laurie Herandez and Kenyan runner Faith Kipyegon, the current Olympic champion over 1500m.
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The range of athletes leading live workouts on the day is just as varied, with Indian badminton player PV Sindhu, Australian diver Melissa Wu and Senegalese surfer Cherif Fall three of those on the docket. That means if you can make it through several different workouts you’re sure to hit different parts of the body, with each athlete throwing some of their favourite exercises at you. You can see the full schedule for the day in the gallery above.
Instagram has been a great source of free workouts during the COVID-19 pandemic – not least because we’re hosting regular workouts on the Coach Instagram account – and Olympic Day will provide a host of training sessions that are a little different from what you get from personal trainers and studios, since they’re led by athletes training for specific sports rather than general fitness. We urge you to get involved where possible throughout the day, though we do understand if you want to stick to workouts that are in daylight hours where you are.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.