While Joe Wicks may be encouraging Britain to get moving every day with accessible squats and knee raises, one professional athlete has taken his own home workout to a whole new level.

Swiss skier Andri Ragettli created an extreme parkour workout at his family home that saw him run across the tops of falling dining room chairs, glide along an outdoors windowsill and backflip off a dining room table. 

We spoke to him about the video that has gone viral, which is strictly a ‘don’t try this at home’ workout, asking him about his favourite parts and whether his mum approved of him climbing over the kitchen worktops and furniture. 

Andri, a 22-year-old professional skier, was keen to stress that others should not try such moves and imitate the extremely dangerous routine.

Professional skier Andri Ragettli reveals his home parkour routine in his latest YouTube video

Professional skier Andri Ragettli reveals his home parkour routine in his latest YouTube video

He told MailOnline Property: ‘The video’s purpose was to entertain everyone during lockdown and cheer them up – and to help raise awareness and money for the World Health Organisation to fight the pandemic Covid-19.

‘But I don’t want anyone to try this at home. Please don’t forget that I’m a professional athlete and I have done this many times before.’  

He also confirmed that, along with his YouTube video, he is making a donation to the World Health Organisation to help fight the virus.

The 22-year-old normally reserves his backflips for the snow park and mountains in his career as a professional freestyle skier

The 22-year-old normally reserves his backflips for the snow park and mountains in his career as a professional freestyle skier

Andri said his favourite part of the course was the section running across the top of the falling dining room chairs.

‘The part with the chairs was fun to try – and actually not that easy,’ he said.

In spite of backflipping off a trampoline onto a higher book shelf and juggling toilet rolls while on a moving hover board, Andri says it was the last move backflipping off the dining room table that proved his biggest challenge.

He said: ‘The backflip from the roll on the table was the last part of a routine, which is always super hard because you get so excited that you have almost made it, and yet you’re not quite there so you really have to keep your focus until the very last step.’

Once he came to a standstill at the end of the complicated parkour routine, he signed off the vlog with a coronavirus battling-friendly move – sanitising his hands.

Andri says the favourite part of the course was the part with the dining room chairs

Andri says the favourite part of the course was the part with the dining room chairs 

Andri finished the routine at his home in Switzerland with a backflip off the dining room table

Andri finished the routine at his home in Switzerland with a backflip off the dining room table 

The 22-year-old lives with his family in the town of Flims, in Switzerland, and has skied since he was two-years-old.

He is a professional ‘freeskier’, which is a type of skiing that involves tricks, jumps, and terrain park features, such as rails, boxes, jibs, or other obstacles. 

This form of skiing developed over the past 10 to 20 years, when the influences of snowboarding tricks combined with the progression of freestyle skiing, and is now in the Winter Olympics.

Andri is one of its stars. In 2016, at only 17-years-old, won the World Cup Series and the Crystal Globe.

At age 18, he did the first ever ‘quad cork 1,800’, which is five full rotations while dipping his head under his body four times.

WHAT IS PARKOUR?

Parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. 

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Andri explained how he didn’t know whether he would be able to create such a workout, known as parkour, at home, saying: ‘I’m a professional freeskier and a vlogger, but thought it would be pretty good to have a go at it.

‘The deal was to not make any damage to the new wooden floor – but otherwise, my mum was quite chilled about it. You can even see her outside in the garden in the video.’

He added: ‘My message for the video was that we all have to stay home and that we are in this together. For every like on my Instagram, I will donate one Swiss cent to fight covid-19. I did that once before to fight climate change, when I skied in underwear. I like to do things differently.’ 

Andri is a professional freeskier, meaning he skis with tricks, jumps, and terrain park features

Andri is a professional freeskier, meaning he skis with tricks, jumps, and terrain park features

At age 18, Andri did the first ever 'quad cork 1,800', which is five rotations while dipping his head under his body four times

At age 18, Andri did the first ever ‘quad cork 1,800’, which is five rotations while dipping his head under his body four times

In 2016, at only 17, he won the World Cup Series and the Crystal Globe

In 2016, at only 17, he won the World Cup Series and the Crystal Globe

Emma Carrick-Anderson, of Snoworks Ski Courses, who is a four times Winter Olympic ski racer and Britain’s most successful women’s slalom skier, explained there are some less dangerous exercises that you can do at home if you’re not a professional athlete.

While the ski resorts may have closed early this year, there is now time to prepare your fitness at home for the next season. 

Emma Carrick-Anderson, a four times Winter Olympic ski racer and Britain's most successful women's slalom skier, runs Facebook workouts three times a week

Emma Carrick-Anderson, a four times Winter Olympic ski racer and Britain’s most successful women’s slalom skier, runs Facebook workouts three times a week

She is currently running daily live Facebook workout sessions, including a strength focus session on Sundays at 9am, a core, abs and back workout on Wednesdays at 9am core, and an aerobics session on Fridays at 8am.  

She said: ‘We can’t get onto the snow right now, but we can certainly prepare for the next time we do. 

‘Skiing is 25 per cent technical, 25 per cent tactical, 25 per cent psychological and 25 per cent physical, so why not use this lockdown period – and the time following – to get yourself in great shape and stay that way. 

‘Exercise makes you feel great both physically but almost more importantly right now, mentally you feel great too. 

‘My workouts are all designed to work all the ski muscles, develop cardio and give you some great ideas of how to train in a small area with no equipment except for a positive attitude.’ 

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