Staying Active in Quarantine
In response to the measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Hopkins moved the remainder of the second term to the virtual classroom.
For student-athletes, this decision cancelled their spring seasons. In all of the uncertainty, student-athletes are still exercising in order to get the blood flowing and the heart pumping.
Riley Foushee ’23 said, “I’ve been running, and twice a week, the track team exercises together on Zoom.” Foushee explained that the team does, “push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks” as part of their “interval training.” This type of training involves high intensity workouts mixed with short rest periods. Although the Track and Field team isn’t spending time together in person, the workouts on Zoom help the athletes maintain a close relationship with their teammates and stay in shape.
The runners on Track and Field aren’t the only people getting outside to run; as the weather gets nicer, many other Hopkins students are running as well. Pearson Hill ‘23 said he has been “running at the beach before school in the morning.” Similarly, Taylor Jenkins ’24 said, “I go to the track and run, and then I practice some soccer after.” Anika Madan ’24 has also “been going outside to play soccer” and “going for runs.” She also said, “[I have been] working out with my brother,” and believes that “it’s important to stay active during this time.” Even though many recreational facilities are closed, student-athletes are still going outside to get exercise.
Another way student-athletes have been able to stay in shape is by doing home workouts. Numerous fitness instructors and trainers have either made their workout programs free, or joined Instagram Live to teach classes. Mykaila Meunier ’22 said, “I’ve been going on a lot of walks with my mom and following a lot of workout videos from YouTube.” Ethan Evans ’21 said, “I have been working out with my older brother.” He also has been doing “boxing workouts,” which he described as “a mix of footwork, jump rope, and shadow boxing.” Robert Tullonge ’20 has also been working out with family, and said, “I just started pushups, situps and leg work with my sister.”
Even though it is hard to find motivation, you can always FaceTime a friend to workout or do exercises with your family. Leah Miller ’20 admitted, “I have been doing genuinely nothing to stay in shape during quarantine. But, I am making sure to get outside and walk and roller skate.” One of the most impressive workout regimens is that of Head of School Dr. Kai Bynum. He explained, “I do different exercises five days a week, and I do 200 pushups and situps everyday.” Bynum believes it is important to “eat well, rest, and get outside when [you] can.”