Get set for the new nor­mal at the gym

By Mark Gal­lagher Syn­ergy Per­for­mance

The Galloway News - - Staying Active In Isolation -

We are po­ten­tially only a few weeks away from get­ting back to the gym which is very ex­cit­ing for ev­ery­one who loves ex­er­cise and reg­u­larly vis­its the gym.

It feels like for­ever since we were still able to ac­cess gyms but to be fair this is week 16 since lock­down was im­ple­mented and that is a long time.

What hap­pens when we get back to the gym and start ex­er­cis­ing again? Ob­vi­ously this will de­pend on what you have been do­ing dur­ing lock­down.

I know some peo­ple have been very con­sis­tent with their home work­outs, walks, runs and cy­cling etc.

It has served as a great source of con­sis­tency and rou­tine dur­ing this tur­bu­lent time.

We have seen a lot of this with our mem­bers of the gym who have been tak­ing part in our live on­line ses­sions or do­ing some of our fol­low along work­outs in their own time.

Whereas sadly some peo­ple haven’t re­ally been able to do much ex­er­cise due to their work or fam­ily sit­u­a­tions.

What I can re­as­sure you of is that, yes, four months is a long time to have done noth­ing but not a long time to be able to get back into it quick enough.

Yes, you will be sore/ten­der for a few ses­sions/days but you will be back to us­ing the same weights/re­sis­tance within sev­eral weeks. It will take you a few ses­sions to get back into the swing of things.

Don’t worry, you won’t have lost all your strength. I prom­ise.

Please don’t let the fact you have been in­ac­tive for a long pe­riod of time put you off get­ting back into reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and good eat­ing habits. Leav­ing things longer will only make the sit­u­a­tion worse and get­ting back on the horse asap is def­i­nitely the way to go.

It will be a case of eas­ing your­self back in so the mus­cle sore­ness doesn’t leave you un­able to sit down for a few days.

At our gym, when we get back, we will be eas­ing ev­ery­one back into gym-based ex­er­cise be­fore ramp­ing things back up again af­ter a few weeks to get back to nor­mal.

This just gives ev­ery­one a chance to get back to it and we want to push on for the sec­ond half of 2020 af­ter the first half was es­sen­tially put on hold. Yes, of course, there will be some of us who maybe haven’t done as much as we would have liked dur­ing this time and don’t feel great as a re­sult, whether that has been eat­ing a bit too much or not get­ting much ex­er­cise in.

We are get­ting closer to get­ting back, which is the main thing. So whether that’s at our gym or some­where else, I just want to re­as­sure you that you won’t have lost of all your strength when you get back and hope­fully within a few weeks it will feel like you have never been away.

We have been tak­ing ex­tra pre­cau­tions at Syn­ergy Per­for­mance in the build up to re-open­ing. We have cre­ated self suf­fi­cient ex­er­cise ‘pods’ which will house all your equip­ment, sani­tis­ing and dis­in­fec­tant to en­sure you can have a safe, so­cially dis­tanced, clean and ef­fec­tive work­out.

We look for­ward to get­ting back to nor­mal and we hope you are too.

Fam­ily funThe Craw­ford’s have been keep­ing them­selves fit in prepa­ra­tion for re­turn­ing to the gym

Tar­get Chloe Robinson is a Syn­ergy Per­for­mance mem­ber

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