Staying in Shape During Quarantine


Matyi Mayo, Staff writer

For many folks, staying at home can make getting exercise a challenge. A lot of high school students go to the gym regularly for exercise; with gyms being closed, that cannot take place now. Although it might be hard to find motivation to work out at home, there are a variety of ways to still do it. 


I interviewed some of our Sabercats to see what they are doing to get exercise. 


Zach Bartel (lower body)

Bartel is a competitive swimmer, and was hoping to represent the Sabercats this Spring. Due to the pools being closed he cannot swim, but he still has to maintain his aerobic capacity. Instead of long swims, he is trying to go on longer runs near his neighborhood, as well as ride a stationary bike at his house. He said: “I don’t necessarily enjoy running and biking as much as swimming, but it is my only option to maintain my endurance, so I have to do it.” He has also been doing one-hour dry land sessions every day, so he maintains his muscular strength. Bartel said he is doing a variety of strength exercises including weighted pull-ups, push-ups, rows, squats, planks, et cetera. 


Here is one of the workouts that Bartel does, mainly focused on endurance and leg strength:

1-mile run- 40 squats, 10 jump squats

1 mile run-20 squats, 10 jump squats

1-mile run- 10 squats, 10 jump squats

2-mile run

1-minute iso-hold squat


Hayden Perkins (arms/shoulder/chest)

Perkins is a junior at Fossil Ridge High School. He recently moved to Colorado from Texas, where he played football. Perkins does not compete in sports anymore, but he works out on his own very consistently to stay in shape. 


Here is a workout that Perkins does, mainly focused on the upper body: 

Push-ups: 30 reps of 4 sets

Military Press with two thirty-five pound dumbbells: 8 reps of 5 sets

Wide grip pull-ups: 15 reps of 5 sets


Kieran Henry (core)

Henry is a senior at FHRS. Like Bartel, Henry was looking forward to representing the Sabercats this spring in the pool. Although the season will not happen, Henry still finds it essential to work out every day.


Here is a workout that Henry does, mainly focused on the core. 

Toe Touches — 10 reps

Toe Touches while legs at 90 — 10 reps

Legs Flat crunches — 10 reps

Rowboats — 15 reps

Leg raises — 10 reps

Flutter kicks (four count) — 20 reps


Repeat 5 times without stopping


Due to all of the restrictions that we have to face on a daily basis, life can get quite boring, however, getting some exercise will most definitely contribute to your mental and physical health.