Back to the gym post-quarantine!
The good news is that it sounds like the gyms are going to be opening up soon!! I know some gyms have already begun to offer outdoor fitness classes, and others are developing strategies for safer, social-distanced workout indoors.
The bad news is that if you are anything like I am, you have not lifted a weight since the gyms closed!
As we go back to the gyms for the purpose of lifting weights, there are some consideration we should make. Most of us were not set up with a home gym to continue our strength training program. This means no matter how active you have been, you have deconditioned to some extent. This maybe evident by that giggly wiggly feeling you have. Therefore, there are some precautions we need to take:
- Make sure you perform a thorough, longer than normal warm-up
- Start with a lighter amount of weights; you may even consider doing fewer sets and using less weight.
- Increase weight, reps, and sets slowly. Remember progression and adaptation. Depending on your history, you may be able to be a little more aggressive, but be careful. It’s better to take longer to get back to full workout strength than to get hurt and be off longer.
- Take a longer warm-down and include some stretches, it will help with recovery.
I hope to see you in the gym soon, and less giggly wiggly’s!!