Lex Gillette performs a long jump at the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 27, 2013 in Lyon, France.
There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to throw off the training regimen of Para athletes everywhere, whether they’re preparing for the Paralympic Games or just trying to stay in shape.
But Disabled Sports USA is helping by providing more than 100 live and recorded sport and fitness activities a platform of online resources they can use to not only survive a quarantine with their fitness intact but thrive through it. Dubbed the #AdaptAtHome initiative, the first-of-its-kind platform includes a host of activities—ranging from yoga to hangboarding, boxing to rumba—that athletes can access on demand or join in live sessions. Activities include everything from guided meditation to yoga to dance. A full list of activities is available at disabledsportsusa.org/adaptathome.
The #AdaptAtHome initiative also includes a challenge. Disabled Sports USA asked athletes to post a video of their workout in order to inspire others to keep up an exercise regimen. The challenge thus far has featured participants from the Team USA ranks, including Paralympic snowboarding gold medalists Noah Elliott and Brenna Huckaby.
Several other Team USA athletes have lent their endorsement to the initiative such as long jump world record holder and Paralympic silver medalist Lex Gillette.
“I think that we as athletes have the ability to adapt and be creative, and those are going to be huge during this time,” Gillette said in a press release. “Training looks different given the recommendations and guidelines in place for our country, but you have to keep moving so you don’t go stir crazy. It may be difficult if you have limited space, but the idea here is to try and get some work in, and again, creativity is the name of the game.”
A Multi-Sport Organization recognized by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA was founded in 1967 and is a nonprofit dedicated to providing fitness opportunities for individuals with disabilities.