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Sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya's home exercise regimen: Strength and agility training, with yoga

For the 400-metre individual 2020 event in Japan, Yahiya needs to clock 44.90 seconds.

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Last Updated: Jun 05, 2020, 09.01 AM IST
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Arjuna awardee and Asian Games silver medallist Muhammed Anas Yahiya is preparing for next year’s Olympics.
A cultural and geographical gulf separates Kerala and Punjab. But when it comes to Indian athletics, the two states are closely interlinked. Kerala has traditionally produced India's best track and field crop. Often, they have trained in Punjab, at the NIS Patiala.

Currently one more Kerala product, the 25-year-old sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya, is in Patiala. The Arjuna awardee and Asian Games silver medallist is preparing for next year’s Olympics with a mix of strength and agility training, and yoga, which anyone can attempt at home.

Yahiya has qualified for the 4X400 metre mixed relay. The Indian team of Yahiya, VK Vismaya, Noah Nirmal Tom and Jisna Mathew earned their spot in September last year by making the World Athletics Championship final in Doha.

“I have been doing core strength, mobility and agility exercises. I also do yoga as it keeps me focused,” Yahiya says on the phone. He then suggests ways for people to stay fit. “Simple plank exercises help strengthen the core. If there’s a staircase in the building, jogging up and down is good. Squats and burpees can also be done indoors.”

The Rio Olympian is also trying to qualify for the 400-metre individual event in Japan for which he needs to clock 44.90 seconds. His personal best is a national record of 45.24 seconds. He is optimistic he will make it and emulate the great Milkha Singh. In his down time, Yahiya talks to family and friends back home in Kerala or enjoys the different entertainment options on his gadgets.

“I talk to my family and friends every day to not feel isolated during this surreal time," he says. “Else, I play online games, watch movies or listen to music.”.

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