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Bedsheets and Baked Beans Workout Tips Shared By Top Athletes


A team of elite athletes have joined forces to help people stay fit and focused while they’re in lockdown.

Consisting of experienced personal trainers, professional athletes and even Olympians, Eastnine’s fitness audio app is packed with sessions to support users in getting fitter, running faster and becoming more confident.

The sessions are aimed at everyone from beginners to professionals, with useful tips, encouragement and advice from the ‘coach in your ear’.

And top Eastnine coach Ania Gabb is sharing tips on how to get the best out of your workout, using just a few store cupboard staples and items of furniture:

“A lot of us aren’t fortunate enough to have access to our own set of dumbbells. Although, is it possible to create a gym within our home using furniture and other household items? Absolutely! 

“With a creative mind, we can have fun and get fit using the objects around us. Here are a few examples:


– These can be used as a form of cardio and also as a raised platform for conditioning work. See how many times you can run up and down the stairs in one minute. You can use the second step as if it were a PlyoBox – jumping up and stepping down. The steps can also be used for Knee Lifts, as well as raised lunges and push-ups.  


– These can be used for so many exercises! You just have to put your mind to it. Tricep Dips, Raised Push-Ups, Reverse Lunges, Jumping Jacks, Step-ups (if someone’s holding the chair!), Leg Raises and Single Leg Squats. 


– Bottles of water and baked bean tins can replicate dumbbells. A large bag of potatoes can be used for front squats. 


– Everyone has that one heavy book. If not, pile up two books together and use for Squat-Press exercises. They can also be used for Abdominal Crunches. 


– These can be tied to your door handle or locked at the top of your door to create a TRX based workout.  

“All you have to do is use your imagination and be creative. Who needs a gym when you have access to furniture!”

To support people during their time at home, Eastnine has launched a brand-new home-based training plan filled with strength and stretch sessions, aimed at adding structure to long days spent at home.

Over four weeks, users can do nine strength and four stretch sessions with no equipment needed – just a phone, a pair of headphones and a bit of space to work out.

Week 1: Find your rhythm, aimed at re-energising your routine and learning the fundamentals of bodyweight strength.

Weeks 2-3: Feel the burn, reaching beyond your comfort zone, pushing harder and increasing reps.

Week 4: Out with a bang – smashing out more burpees than you ever could have imagined four weeks ago.

After each session, users can take advantage of the personal journal feature to record how they felt and make notes for next time.

Coaches include former military trainer, Vince Ciolino, Tokyo Olympic hopefuls, JJ Jegede and Lewis Richardson and running experts Tashi Skervin-Clarke and Ania Gabb.

Eastnine is available on iTunes and is £19.99 per annum.