The coronavirus crisis has put sport stars around the world in limbo – with many athletes now left wondering when they will perform on the biggest stage of all again.
But for the time being, all they can do is keep in prime physical condition from the comfort of their own homes.
However, it’s easier said than done and on Monday, Boris Johnson announced a lockdown in the UK – telling everyone that they can exercise just once a day outside.
Therefore, many of the biggest names throughout the world of sport are having to think of inventive ways to keep themselves occupied and in the best shape going.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at how stars from across sport – including football, golf, Formula One, tennis and boxing – are keeping up their fitness levels while staying indoors amid the lockdown.
Dozens of footballers, including Premier League stars, were raiding sports equipment stores last week in an attempt to maintain their fitness during the coronavirus lockdown.
With many training grounds and public gyms closed, players – especially those below the top flight who do not have access to home gyms – found themselves unable to access the resources they needed to keep themselves in shape, so quickly shopped at high-street stores like Decathlon to kit themselves out.
Benches, dumb bells, medicine balls and resistance bands proved particularly popular among players hastily building a makeshift gym at their homes.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have thought of an extremely inventive way to keep tabs on their players during their time at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The Bundesliga giants, just like many of us working from home, have set up the video conferencing app Zoom to monitor their players’ fitness levels. The likes of Serge Gnabry, Manuel Neuer and Co have had to log-in to video calls and take part in team workouts, which last between 75 to 90 minutes.
Bayern Munich players have been made to join team workout sessions via video calls
Manuel Neuer and Co are desperately looking to keep fit during the football suspension
They have been given heart-rate monitors, sport watches, and have been demanded to check in online bang on time to ensure their fitness levels don’t drop.
Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo has kept up his famously stringent workout regime, posing in a photo that his sister Katia uploaded to her Instagram.
The Portuguese striker showed off his six-pack and pulled up his shorts as he stood with members of his family, including his niece Alicia and other sister Elma.
Meanwhile, Premier League stars have been asked to complete YouTube workouts as their clubs desperately look to keep their players fit during the hiatus.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his ripped physique after working out indoors
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Recce James, Tammy Abraham and Co have all posted videos of themselves having completed interval sessions on an exercise bike, while other players with treadmills at home are completing high-intensity sprint sessions.
Leeds have gone into meticulous detail, with the fitness staff going around the city delivering stationary bicycles and weights so that everyone would be able to carry out their demands.
Furthermore, every morning, the club’s players are expected to weigh in and let Benoit Delaval, Marcelo Bielsa’s trusted head of fitness, know.
Many have also ventured out to their back gardens to enjoy some work with the ball at their feet, while others have been taking part in what has become a viral hit on Instagram.
The loo-roll keepy-up challenge has been keeping many entertained during the suspension in play and many football stars from around the world have tried their luck to see how they get on.
Phil Foden is just one of many stars to have tried his luck at the loo-roll keepy-up challenge
Tyson Fury has been messaging friends and associates to make sure they’re staying indoors while he himself has been keeping up his own fitness with various exercises and weights ahead of the potential Deontay Wilder trilogy bout.
Amir Khan – who with wife Faryal – has celebrated having a son by sending individual baby cakes to family and friends, says he’s ‘in light training to stay ready for a late summer or autumn fight as soon as coronavirus crisis is over.’
Billy Joe Saunders has come home from intense training in Vegas and is taking a short break before going back to the gym in case the Canelo Alvarez fight gets a firm date. But Canelo may go straight to Gennady Golovkin in September if Saunders is delayed beyond June.
Meanwhile, Daniel Dubois is ‘training’ every day for whenever he fights Joe Joyce for a rack of belts but most importantly in a world title eliminator.
Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has urged everyone to stay indoors
And here’s what Josh Warrington is doing…
‘Late last year I opened my own gym just around the corner, so literally a mile away so I’m fortunate enough to have the keys for that and I am able to go there and work out. In terms of everything else, it’s pretty much quiet – only real time, apart from going to the gym, is going to supermarket and that’s about it.
‘I knew that 2020 was going to be a big year so from January I was hitting it hard, I always like to have a high level of fitness and work on things I think need working on. I was just chipping away, I’ve started working with a couple of new trainers, in terms of strength and conditioning and that and things were all going really smoothly. There was talk of going in the middle of April and then all of a sudden that got pushed back to a later date. We were more or less getting ready for an announcement and then everything just went mental.
‘I’ll just have to go into a bit of a maintenance stage now, just ticking over because you have to peak for a certain date… so I’m just taking the intensity down a little bit.
‘I don’t lose hope, at the start of the year when the clocks chimed to 12 o’clock and we went into 2020 I thought this has got a good ring about it, I feel it’s going to be a good year. Obviously so far it’s not been fantastic…
‘You can’t drop off completely. I know some fighters will find it hard to just get out of the house and go for a run, or do shadow boxing at home but that’s the only way you’re going to improve and keep yourself in some kind of shape.
‘About 2 weeks ago everything was running just as smoothly and then last 10 days we’ve really restricted it. Now it’s just me going into the gym. I’ve even told my dad not to come in because he has had a few underlying health conditions in the past so you have to take stuff seriously. I don’t want him to risk it – it may only be coming out of his house, getting into his car and coming to the gym but still, you could end up bumping into somebody or whatever happens on that journey and it could turn into something worse. I’m self-motivated anyway so I can go into the gym, put some music on, lock the door behind me and work out on the bags, give myself a little circuit and go from there.’
Josh Warrington has given a big insight into what life is like as a boxer amid the lockdown
Formula One drivers are keeping their eyes on the prize by participating in virtual F1 races.
The curtain-opener Australian Grand Prix may have been cancelled on March 15 but McLaren driver Lando Norris still found a way to race around the Albert Park circuit.
However, instead of coming up against Lewis Hamilton and Co, he was looking to overtake Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Norris was one of several stars taking part in esports to fill the void of the decimated sporting calendar. Alongside Courtois and Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne, the young Brit took on esports professionals and Youtube stars in a virtual Australian Grand Prix.
Furthermore on Tuesday, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo shared a video on his Instagram story of him doing press-ups with a little twist involved as he kept his spirits high.
Lando Norris has been taking part in virtual Formula One races to keep him occupied
Daniel Ricciardo has been keeping his spirits high during his workout sessions
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Co have been leading the inspirational messages amid the coronavirus lockdown.
The duo both posted Nike images on their social media feeds, which read: ‘If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance,’ referring to urging people to stay indoors.
15-time major winner Woods then uploaded an image of himself practising his swing on a virtual driving range while McIlroy provided his fans with a glimpse into his daily routine, posting a photo of him stretching out in his home gym.
Golfing great Tiger Woods has been practising his swing on a virtual driving range
Rory McIlroy uploaded a photo of him limbering up his muscles on Instagram recently
Meanwhile, former world No 1 Brooks Koepka has been staying in shape while lapping up the sun in his back garden. The American posted a photo on Instagram of him performing press-ups next to his swimming pool.
Finally, Ian Poulter – so often Europe’s Ryder Cup hero – opted to join Lando Norris and Co taking part in virtual Formula One races.
Poulter posted a video on Instagram of him crashing into Norris’ car and chucking him off the circuit, alongside the caption: ‘I had the racing line Lando Norris… cut me a little slack my first race. I’m going to put some work in boys.’
Brooks Koepka performs press-ups in his back garden next to the swimming pool
England international Jonny May has provided an insight into what training is like for a rugby player at home.
The England winger has made the most of what he has got around him to keep in shape during the hiatus.
On Twitter, May posted a social media video of himself stretching his muscles with an elastic band attached to the window in his living room.
While Rocky’s famous theme tune bursts out in the background, May can be seen repeatedly lowering himself to the ground while his ankles are being held by his partner.
He captioned his Twitter post: ‘Quarantine training adaptation – Nordic Hamstrings’, alongside the tick emoji.
Jonny May posted a video on Twitter of himself performing the Nordic Hamstring exercise
England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes has been leading the way among cricket stars, giving a glimpse into his new pattern at home with his loved ones.
Stokes has been challenging himself and others to see how long they can last at enduring gruelling exercises, such as squats and push-ups.
The England all-rounder lasted two minutes and nine seconds doing repetitive push-ups, while holding himself for a couple of seconds at the bottom of the exercise. Meanwhile, he lasted just under three-and-a-half minutes on the squats, which he did with his wife Clare.
Stokes’ England team-mate Jimmy Anderson has been using his daughter as gym equipment during these tough times – lifting her straight up in the air while lying down on the floor, in similar fashion to the bench press.
And finally, Stuart Broad has been hard at work by putting himself through a gruelling spinning session on his Peleton.
Ben Stokes challenged himself to see how long he could last performing push-ups
The England World Cup hero and his wife Clare perform squats together until they drop
Jimmy Anderson uses his daughter as gym equipment, in a similar action to the bench press
For Gael Monfils and his tennis partner Elina Svitolina, they have been keeping busy by working out in their front garden together.
The Ukrainian star posted videos on her Instagram story of herself and Monfils taking part in intense gym exercises, including mountain-climbers, squats and using medicine balls to work their core.
Meanwhile, world No 10 David Goffin has been using his balcony for a source of workout inspiration.
The Belgian enjoyed a HIIT-workout by putting himself through some tough jump lunges, hip thrusts, wall squats and balancing exercises.
Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina have been keeping busy while working out in the front garden
World no 10 David Goffin put himself through a HIIT workout on his balcony
Formula One drivers weren’t the only athletes who opted for the virtual world to keep on top of their sports.
Geraint Thomas, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, recently hosted his own simulator races while Vuelta a Espana winner Simon Yates and his twin brother Adam had almost daily events planned, with riders from their men’s and women’s squads taking part.
Furthermore, Chris Froome – four-time Tour de France champion – has been staying in peak condition by enjoying a ride on his indoor trainer.
On Monday, he posted a picture on Twitter of him exercising while urging everyone to stay at home and save lives, alongside the caption: ‘Making the most of this situation’.
Chris Froome rides on his indoor trainer as he urges everyone to stay at home and save lives
With racing shut down until at least the end of April, jump trainers have had to accept their seasons are over and are roughing off many of their horses.
But jump jockeys need to keep fit as well as trying to maintain some sort of income with the overwhelming majority freelancers paid by the ride and getting a percentage of winnings.
Tom Scudamore is now making the trip from the edge of Exmoor to the stable of leading Flat trainer Richard Hannon in Wiltshire five days a week to ride out five or six horses every morning to make sure the muscles used for riding keep in shape.
Scudamore said: ‘For a lot of people in jump racing it is a very tricky time. Because we are working with livestock, the advice we have been given is that we are allowed to continue. We are following government advice and not cutting any corners.
‘When the shut-down happened I rang Richard straight away and asked if I could ride out and he now has a few lads – Tom O’Brien, David Noonan and Kieron Edgar – doing the same as me.
‘It keeps us sharp. I am riding out five or six lots a day. Of my five or six lots, the majority of the time I am riding two-year-olds so it has been an interesting time.
‘When I go home I can go for a walk or run in the hour I am allowed out and I live in a very rural location. I have a set of circuit exercises that I can do at home.’
Tom Scudamore is riding out horses to make sure the muscles used for riding keep in shape