McDavid launches workout series to help kids stay fit

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Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is challenging kids to stay fit while stuck inside.

McDavid and his trainer, former NHL forward Gary Roberts, are starting a workout video series on their social media channels this week.

The 15-minute workouts will feature exercises that are designed to be done at home without any equipment.

"It's about teaching kids how to do a workout when they just have their bodies," Roberts said, according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski.

The idea came from McDavid's agent, Jeff Jackson, whose children asked him how they could stay active with schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I had the idea that Gary and Connor could put together a really simple weekly exercise thing designed for kids," Jackson said. "Every mom and dad are going through what we're going through. Kids are playing video games, or they're driving their parents crazy. So maybe this is a half-hour of a kid's day. Take their iPad, do the exercises."

The NHL suspended the season March 12, and McDavid is bringing fans along with him as he does what he can to stay fit should the campaign resume.

"It's tough. We don't know what's going to happen to the season. But we're doing everything we can to stay ready," McDavid said.

McDavid launches workout series to help kids stay fit
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