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Making at-home workouts work

Making at-home workouts work

Bethel students share how they stayed physically active during quarantine

By Emily Rossing

Bethel students got creative with how they stayed active over quarantine. Even though gyms have started to open back up, capacity is limited and there is a risk of contracting COVID-19 .

The Clarion asked Bethel athletes what they have done to stay active from the comfort of their homes:

Outdoor workouts 

Screenshot of Strava app, recording miles and times. E3d4b4927274f7c6246774133fed4d0a.jpg taken from Pinterest
Screenshot of Strava app, recording miles and times.

One way people stayed active during quarantine was by getting outside. People walked or ran nature trails to stay fit without the gym. Apps like Nike Run Club and Strava allow users to track their miles as they run, providing self-motivation. Junior cross country runner Isaiah Hobus describes how using Strava allowed his team to stay connected through time-trial challenges and mileage competitions.


“It was hard finding motivation to maintain fitness for cross country this fall,” Hobus said. “Thankfully, our team held each other accountable through the running app strava.

Crossfit Workouts

Crossfit, a brand of gyms providing a new “workout of the day” for members, has also been a popular choice for quarantine workouts. Though the workouts traditionally involve using weights, the company released a website called Comptrain that featured at-home workouts for those without access to equipment. Sophomore Annalissa Eller was one Bethel student who participated in the bodyweight workouts.

Eller at a Crossfit competition in July of 2019.
Eller at a Crossfit competition in July of 2019. | Photo courtesty of Annalissa Eller.

“The workouts have a high intensity, are pretty short and the movements are constantly varied,” sophomore Annalissa Eller said.


TikTok workouts

Along with more traditional ways of working out, some students used social media platforms. Taylor Fondie, a 2020 graduate from Bethel, drew inspiration from the app Tiktok to create her own workouts and post them on her account, along with other content. Her most popular workout video has over 12,000 views.

“I used a lot of resistance bands, did body weight workouts, incorporated some dumbbells and cardio by running the block, stairs or rollerblading,” said Fondie.


Kegan Odden, practicing forms for football.
Kegan Odden, practicing forms for football. | Photo Courtesy of Kegan Odden.

At Home weights


Sophomore tight end for the Royals’ football team Kegan Odden wanted to have a similar conditioning experience to what he could get in the weight room, so he made a homemade rack for a bar and plated weights.

Odden is training remotely for the upcoming football season, along with several other student athletes at Bethel.

“Every time I don’t feel like lifting, I think of [my teammates]… Championships don’t just fall in your lap, you have to go take them,” Odden said.

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