Former Tabletalk sports reporter Karl Bergemann goes through his paces during a home training session. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone, or that’s how the saying goes. Right now, every sport enthusiast and athletes from the amateur ranks to the professionals, world-wide, can attest to just that.With throngs of us now in lockdown, not just here in South Africa but abroad as well, albeit more-so here due to our strict regulations, something we so often take for granted – popping off to the gym, a kickaround with our friends at the football fields, a run around the block or even just walking your dog – is no longer available to us.Technology, however, for all its mis-intents, seems to be one of the keys to how we are all keeping it together. What was a novelty before – online workouts, video training sessions, runs in our gardens and so on – has now turned into necessity but it’s an opportunity that is being grabbed with both hands by everyone from gym owners, yogis, functional fitness enthusiasts, martial artists, your average joe couch potato and more.As an avid sportsman and professional martial artist, exercise is as much an essential part of my lifestyle as any, and although I often made use of home workouts and have spent many hours training by myself, planning my own training schedules or working off YouTube videos, the step from choosing to do a workout at home instead of the gym to being forced to work from home has been a bit of an adjustment – most notably when it comes to having to run in and around my yard and around the coffee table.Innovation has been key. Fortunately, my gym, Thaiholics Cape Town, took a pro-active approach to the Covid-19 indaba by shutting down even before the lockdown was announced in this country, scheduling daily workouts online for our members pretty much as soon as the impact of the virus began making its mark in Europe. It can be just as inspiring having group discussions and feedback about workouts you did on your own when you realise you are actually not in this alone. It’s an interesting thought – I’m alone, but I am not alone alone. Well, you have so many options available to you. The first point of call should be looking at workout videos that don’t require equipment, so bodyweight workouts on YouTube are great, or ones where they incorporate household items like water bottles, chairs and so on. You can even try your hand at something new – yoga, dance, shadowboxing drills, movement techniques. Or, if you need a more structured approach to your workouts I might recommend something like Limitless Athletics’ straight-to-your-email The Daily workout routines (check them out on Facebook) or you can opt to download their app. Apps – there’s another great way to find something instructional with optimisable structured routines. Whether you’re looking at plyometrics, bodyweight routines with videos or anything else, there’s almost always an app for it – jump on your playstore and see what’s out there.Also, if you want to feel like you’re part of something bigger, without having to be part of a club or gym, there are great challenges out there like the Mzansi Lockdown Marathon Challenge. ● Karl Bergemann is a former Tabletalk sports reporter and SA K1 kickboxing champion.
Strong debut for Sess!What did you make of his [email protected] Debut ✅ Looking forward to the next round pic.twitter.com/npguCXYaMe— Steven Sessegnon (@_StevenSess) September 17, 2020“Bristol City have got a strong case this year!”Former England striker Darren Bent had this to say…Red hot robins 🔥🥵@BristolCity cruised into round 3⃣#CarabaoCuponQuest #CarabaoCup #EFL #BristolCity #WeAreTheRobins @TheExiledRobin pic.twitter.com/OVLAVivMqM— Quest (@QuestTV) September 16, 2020AND finally…One happy Tinman.Wow how good was that from @BristolCity tonight , youth and experience flourishing together 👏👏🔴⚪️ https://t.co/17mpQA8QPg— Brian Tinnion (@tinnion_brian) September 16, 2020Next up: Stoke City and Robins TVThe Robins travel to Stoke City on Sunday when they return to Sky Bet Championship action, and you can watch the match live on Robins TV with the build-up starting at 1.30pm.BUY YOUR STOKE CITY PASS NOW View this post on Instagram2 goals and into the next round, happy to be back on the pitch😅Thank God always 🙏🏾 #KP45A post shared by #KP45 (@kaseypalmer45) on Sep 17, 2020 at 10:25am PDT Check out the best of the reaction on Social Media!A fresh-looking starting line-up!There was plenty of changes for last night’s tie and Will was definitely happy with what he saw!Eliasson, Palmer, Sessegnon, Bakinson? pic.twitter.com/jzhuKfDrik— Will Gough (@Goughy_7) September 16, 2020Chris Martin up and running in a City shirt!Will we ever get sick of a good Chris Martin pun?pic.twitter.com/yEqylnJJGX— Liam M. (@lpmoffatt) September 16, 2020Kasey makes it two!Kasey Palmer made it 2-0 not long into the first-half!pic.twitter.com/isjTAlYNDj— BCFC ETHAN (@BCFCEthan0) September 16, 2020Antoine Semenyo gets on the scoresheet!With already two assists on the night, Semenyo rounds off a great performance with a well-deserved goal!Fantastic goal!— One Stream in Bristol (@OSIBpodcast) September 16, 2020SAUCE. 💧We were not finished yet and this GIF definitely sums up Kasey’s performance! 🙌pic.twitter.com/bXujWPtmoT— Stoneyboyo (@stoneyboyo) September 16, 2020DRINK UP THY ZIDER!While you may not be able to join us at Ashton Gate just yet, the Wurzels was still ringing round Ashton Gate at full-time!Always good to hear @TheWurzels “Drink up thy Zider” emanating from @ashtongatestad after another @BristolCity win. COYR #BristolCity #BS3 pic.twitter.com/ybr4HZqlyy— Я ē g ☆ (@Cooombsy) September 16, 2020The Gaffer is impressing so far!Sky Sports’ Michelle Owen liked what she saw last night!Bristol City excellent tonight, rewarded with a tie against Aston Villa next week at Ashton Gate- Kasey Palmer and Antoine Semenyo fantastic. Dean Holden off to a very solid start as permanent head coach.— Michelle Owen (@MichelleOwen7) September 16, 2020#KP45 on FIRE!He shared his post-match reaction on Instagram!