COVID-19: How EPL stars are keeping fit

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But there is an emerging concern within top-flight sides that the imbalance in training schedules across playing personnel will serious damage the integrity of the competition once it starts up again.

One backroom members at top-flight club has described the home fitness regimes given to players during the Coronavirus training restrictions as ‘pointless’.

A number of clubs have drawn up off-site training programmes for players who are homebound because of Covid-19.

But each programme varies according to what equipment each player has access to at home.Many Premier League players have fully-equipped gyms at their homes meaning they can maintain their fitness levels with strength and cardiovascular work.

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Recce James and Tammy Abraham have all posted videos of themselves having completed interval sessions on an exercise bike, while other players with treadmills at home are competing high-intensity sprint sessions.

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But players who do not have the appropriate training equipment face a far more difficult task of staying fit ahead of the restart.

Clubs have supplied those without access to home gyms with bodyweight programmes – which include exercises such as squats and press ups – to give players the best possible opportunity to maintain strength.

And Sportsmail can reveal that some players are completing high-intensity workouts available on You Tube to maintain their cardiovascular fitness.

Players have also been provided with mobility and stretching plans to ensure they do not get injured and a clear message to ‘stay hydrated’ at all times.

But a member of one Premier League club’s backroom team said: ‘The training programmes are pointless. The players are elite athletes, they need to be pushed everyday. It’ll be a problem when the games start back up because players will have lost fitness and sharpness.’

Indeed, there is a widespread acknowledgement that the training schedules are no substitute for the day-to-day rigours of real-life training, with club backroom team fully expecting players to return having lost fitness.

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The fact players will be undergoing undulating intensity training levels means players will return with differing stages of fitness.

Likewise, the fact some clubs are still training at their respective bases could also lead to varying fitness levels of across the league, which has raised concern that it will not be a level playing field once matches recommenced.

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