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World’s fastest rugby player’s impressive isolation training

Carlin Isles was a sprinter before turning to rugby, but he's still got speed from his track days

American rugby star Carlin Isles has posted several videos on social media of himself training at home while in quarantine, one of which shows him sprinting up a flight of stairs. With a 100m PB of 10.13 seconds, Isles is considered the world’s fastest rugby player, and his sprint workout might something to add to your repertoire. We just recommend you don’t try to go as quickly as Isles. If you do, you’ll probably just wipe out. If you don’t think running up your stairs sounds like the workout for you, no problem, but we still think you should watch Isles do it—it’s kind of mesmerizing. 

Gyms, tracks, parks and any other training facilities are all closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, so athletes are doing anything they can to work out and keep fit while at home. For Isles, the stairway in what appears to be his front hall is the perfect spot for some speed work.

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This is a good option for any runner, as it is essentially an indoor hill workout. If you do choose to give this a try, you of course have to take care and focus on your footwork so you don’t fall.

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Before he played rugby, Isles ran track at Ashland University, a Division II school in Ohio. He still holds the Ashland freshman outdoor records in the 100m (10.42) and 200m (21.04) and the school’s varsity indoor record for the 60m with a time of 6.68 seconds.