How to prepare for the gyms re-opening
It’s been a while since most of us have been able to throw around some weights in the gym and train at the intensity we would usually. Unless you’ve managed to make a very well equipped gym at home, your fitness levels will have decreased in some way which means you’ll need to start slowly when you begin training again!
You’ll want to start by easing your way into it. If you’ve done a lot less than you usually would in the gym, then you should probably expect a lot less physically from yourself in the first few weeks back in the gym. You want to start by getting back into a routine and building back those good habits before you start increasing your training intensity. This might mean in the first few weeks, scaling movements or decreasing the weights so you don’t cause yourself an injury!
If you haven’t been completing home workouts throughout lockdown, now is the time to start! By completing some of the workouts it’s going to help you return to training, even if you’re not using heavy weights, you can start prepping your body for the sessions ahead! If you don’t start preparing your body, when you return to the gym you’re going to have some serious DOMS!
When you do get back to classes, it’s a good idea to either reduce the amount of sessions you do per week or reduce the duration. Build up the volume and intensity gradually and maybe consider adding in some extra mobility workouts and recovery sessions into your week.
Be patient and don’t be hard on yourself. Remember, going in too hard, heavy or fast is only going to slow down your progress! The most important thing is that you return to the gym safely and stay injury free…
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