What are we going to do now that the gyms are closed? Unless you have the luxury of a home gym, you’re going to have to make some adjustments. Since fitness is a lifestyle, we gotta continue the grind. It’s time to test the theory that the world is your gym!
I’m going to miss hitting the weights but part of me embraces this challenge. Since you have the fitness mindset , I’m sure you do too. For all you cardio junkies, you won’t have an issue getting in some good cardio outdoors. This post is more for my fellow lifters. Let’s make this work. Let’s approach our new training approach with the mindset that we’re still trying to get stronger.
How To Still Get in Good Workouts
High rep work: High rep bodyweight exercises are very underrated when it comes to strength training. It won’t beat heavy weight training but it definitely has it’s benefits.One of the main ones is stronger joints and tendons. By strengthening your joints and tendons, you’ll be better equipped to handle weights when you get back to lifting. I’ve even heard stories of people having impressive weight lifting numbers just from high rep bodyweight exercises.
Remember Your Movement Patterns: One way to reduce weightlifting rust is to find ways to replicate the movement patterns you already do in the gym. Bodyweight squats for front and back squats. Push-ups for the bench press. Get a broom and practice your deadlift technique. As long as you continue the movement patterns you did in the gym, the transition back won’t be as bad. Don’t be surprised if you make some progress!
Train your fast-twitch muscles: If you’re a strength and power athlete, you can still train your fast twitch muscles with just your body weight. Fast twitch muscle fibers are the ones most responsible for muscle and strength growth. You can train these with plyometric exercises including jumps, sprints, and explosive push-ups.
Yoga: Here’s your chance to give yoga a shot if you haven’t already. Since you’ll still be training hard, yoga will help with workout recovery. It’ll also help you keep your stress levels in check during these challenging times. I reccomend the yoga App, Down Dog.
Be Creative: When you don’t have access to weights, creativity will be big. I recently found some old tires and microwave in my backyard. I know there ways I can use these items for some resistance training. Check your surroundings and see what you can use as a workout tool.
I’ll continue looking and finding ways to make progress during these challenging times. Weights and equipment are great but everything starts with you. You’re your own source of strength and power. The grind continues!
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