Get set for the new normal at the gym
By Mark Gallagher Synergy Performance
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