Everyone has suffered some time away from the gym during the weeks of this pandemic. Some of us are blessed to be able to train in the gym again, others are still having to workout at home.
Most people don’t have any equipment at home, they can only use resistance bands or some light dumbbells/bars or trx.
First of all: I know for some of you it’s been a long period of time, some of you have certain goals to achieve - whether it’s weight loss, building muscle or competition preparation. Your diet is really the key thing here, and then your training.
If your diet is not right, it wouldn’t matter even if the gyms were open, so first and foremost pay attention to that.
Second thing is, if you’ve been training with bands and light weights / body weight, you have probably learned or are learning how to use the right technique to feel the exercise. Once you don’t have the heavy weights to throw around, you have to focus on the technique to feel it. It’s probably a positive for everyone. Perhaps it has helped you to achieve a better mind - muscle connection that you can use once the gyms reopen.
To be honest, I would’ve never thought about training with bands, but once I was forced to do that, I felt a big difference in my body - and in a good way. It was like an ‘active rest’ for my body. I was still training, but with less pressure on the joints, with a different technique: longer squeezes at the peak, so that I could get the most out of my workouts. A set could’ve lasted for 4-5 or sometimes even 10-15 mins when I was doing body weight squats and different lunges back to back to burn out my legs/quads.
But here’s what to watch out for when you can finally go back to the gym:
Don’t try and lift the same weights that you did before the lockdown.
Don’t get frustrated because you’ve lost some strength. You will gain it back quickly once you can continue going to the gym.
You will probably have to adjust your diet again when you can start lifting heavier weights.
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