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Olympic legend Alistair Brownlee turns the garage of his Leeds home into a swimming pool

Make a splash !: Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee, 31, turns his garage into a 16-foot pool so he can stay in shape during coronavirus locking

  • Alistair Brownlee, 31, has been training every day since he was eight
  • The athlete had a similar stroke of genius before the 2012 Olympics
  • The pool works like an underwater treadmill at his home in Leeds
  • Read more about how you can help people affected by COVID

Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee converted his garage into a 16-foot swimming pool to stay in shape during the coronavirus shutdown.

The stroke of genius came from the athlete who won the hearts of the nation when he and his brother Jonny won gold and bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, respectively.

The 31-year-old still dominates the sport, thanks in large part to his ability in the water. The Leeds athlete swam every day since he was eight.

Alistair said, “I’m just doing what I can – and what I’ve always done – respecting all guidelines.

Alistair Brownlee, 31, has converted the garage at his Leeds home into a 16ft pool so he can continue training during the corona virus lock

Alistair Brownlee, 31, has converted the garage at his Leeds home into a 16ft pool so he can continue training during the corona virus lock

The pool acts as an underwater treadmill and pushes water against Alistair while training

The pool acts as an underwater treadmill and pushes water against Alistair while training

The pool acts as an underwater treadmill and pushes water against Alistair while training

Alistair and his brother Jonny won gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Triathlon event respectively, capturing the hearts of British

Alistair and his brother Jonny won gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Triathlon event respectively, capturing the hearts of British

Alistair and his brother Jonny won gold and bronze medals at the London 2012 Triathlon event respectively, capturing the hearts of British

With its new pool, it can overcome lockdown protocols while training in running, cycling and swimming.

This allows him to swim as if swimming against the current in a fast-flowing river – and he can swim for 45 minutes every morning.

Alistair said, “I just do what I can – and what I’ve always done – respecting all guidelines.”

This Heath Robinson-esque giant tub is deceptively large once Brownlee has moved the garage debris to one side and positioned his ladder so he can climb into the water.

It is five meters long and designed to pump out powerful gutters that are programmed to test the champion’s strength and resistance.

And while this is one of the newer garage conversions in his home city of Leeds, a similar innovation was pivotal to its golden success in 2012 in London.

An unfortunate Achilles injury put him in a race against time to get fully fit again.

Alistair Brownlee won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016, he continues to train despite Britain crashing into a lockdown last month

Alistair Brownlee won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016, he continues to train despite Britain crashing into a lockdown last month

Alistair Brownlee won gold in London 2012 and Rio 2016, he continues to train despite Britain crashing into a lockdown last month

Alistair climbs a ladder at his home in Leeds and prepares to exercise in the pool designed as an underwater treadmill

Alistair climbs a ladder at his home in Leeds and prepares to exercise in the pool designed as an underwater treadmill

Alistair climbs a ladder at his home in Leeds and prepares to exercise in the pool designed as an underwater treadmill

But by setting up an underwater treadmill in his yard, he was able to keep running without much disruption.

Alistair added, “It was really really crucial.

‘I was unable to follow running training as such for six weeks.

“It meant I could run while the Achilles were fully recovered.

This works on a comparable basis. It’s like swimming against the current in a fast-flowing river.

“I only swim on the spot while the water moves around me.

Alistair has gone swimming every day since he was eight, so ending the corona virus wouldn't stop him from training

Alistair has gone swimming every day since he was eight, so ending the corona virus wouldn't stop him from training

Alistair has gone swimming every day since he was eight, so ending the corona virus wouldn’t stop him from training

‘I’ve been swimming every day since I was eight – the pool at Aireborough Leisure Center, with school and with the triathlon teams.

“It means I can swim for 40 to 45 minutes every morning.”

Brownlee has ‘no idea’ when the triathlon races will resume or whether this will be a blank year.

And while he supports the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by 12 months, he knows he needs to stay fit and be prepared when the sport can start again.

He added, “The week before I heard about the cancellation, I felt fit and as good as I felt for a while.

“Hopefully next year I’ll be in a good place to shout it out.”

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