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Join in with free online PE lessons: fitness techniques

All lessons are available to watch via YouTube channels for Loughborough College and the Telegraph. Previous lessons include a focus on athletics on day one and gymnastics on day two.

All-round fitness techniques are the focus on the third day of free online PE lessons for the nation from Britain's sporting talent factory.

After athletics and gymnastic sessions for the previous few days, the teachers at Loughborough College unveiled a lung-busting cardio and strength workout. Tips to improve on burpees, squat kicks and sumo squats are included in a series of challenges in partnership with The Telegraph's Keep Kids Active Campaign.

The classes - which have been endorsed by England footballers Steph Houghton and Ben Chilwell, who both studied at the college - are ensuring rigorous exercise while covering a host of sporting disciplines over the coming days.

Videos go live before 9am each morning, but remain available throughout the day to ensure pupils can fit in their hour's activity with the other classes that have already been planned by their schools.

All abilities and fitness levels are catered for, with an easier option explained for the more difficult tasks. Unlike other virtual workouts, the college has provided focused classes for 10 to 14 year-olds, which are guaranteed to fulfil three of the four targets in the national curriculum for physical education. Today's lesson is one of three lessons in the week which will require no equipment.

To ensure youngsters fulfill their hour's work of recommended daily exercise, pupils are then encouraged to go through some of their long jump and triple jump techniques for an extra half an hour when the class is complete.

Loughborough has based its first classes inside a lounge-style room to show how easily the exercises can be done at home. The aim is to go beyond the offering of Joe Wicks’ popular YouTube tutorials due to the level of expertise in line with the curriculum.

Loughborough College - which also counts among its alumni Ellie Simmonds, the five-time Paralympic swimming champion and Carl Froch, the four-time world boxing champion - has committed teaching for the first week and has lined up Ashmole Academy in north London to host from Jan 25. The baton will then be handed around the country for classes to be streamed for free. Jo Maher, principal and chief executive at Loughborough College, says her staff can ensure children are meeting at least three of four ­elements of the PE curriculum. The fourth - competitive sport - is banned by England’s lockdown rules.

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