It’s been two months. Now what?
These last two plus months have been a rollercoaster of emotions. Things never before seen by nearly everyone alive took place. The entire world shut down due to a virus. Lives, schools and businesses were put on hold while we hunkered down in our homes. While the threat is still very real, businesses have begun to reopen their doors and a resemblance of some normalcy is starting to come back to most lives.
I won’t beat a dead horse. By now you’ve been bludgeoned over the head enough with COVID-19 talk. What we’re here to discuss is what to do now? Even if you’ve been working out this entire time, many of us haven’t, or at least haven’t done so regularly. You’re most likely feeling excited, timid, apprehensive, scared, pumped or a combination of a few. Well you’re in luck, everyone feels the same way. Below we’ll go through some ways to get started again without going overboard and how to do so safely.
For the apprehensive, I get it. COVID-19 is no joke. There are absolutely risks involved with venturing out. But when you’re ready, know that we are as well. We’ve gone above and beyond what is considered safe through the guidelines given to us by the state. Between doubling the required safe distance between athletes, reducing class numbers to allow for a limited number of people in any given class (we’re actually only allowing 20% of what the state has regulated us at) to providing equipment that is cleaned before and after every use. We have taken every precaution we can. Additionally, we’ve added more open gym times where you’re able to come workout in an even smaller number of people than a group class as well as continuing with online programming and Zoom workouts through the month of June.
For the excited. From those I’ve talked to, this seems to be the majority. Just like the apprehensive, we’ve done everything we can to allow for those who are excited to get back to the gym. This includes but not limited to creating a login system to allow you to schedule your entire week through Wodify. Echoing what is said above for the apprehensive, we’ve reduced class sizes which will actually allow for better client to coach ratio. If you’re ready to sweat, we’re here to ensure it happens safely.
The underlying guidance for however you feel about returning to the gym is one of patience. The likelihood you’ve been active at the intensity in which you would be in the gym is low. For example, let’s say you have a fully stocked home gym. All the bells and whistles. You do Fran at home in your garage, music is loud, but it’s just you and your thoughts. “Man this burns”, “No one is looking, put the bar down”, “I’ll break the 15 into sets of 8 and 7”. Or do you think you’d push yourself more with a coach guiding you through the workout, discussing strategy, talking trash to your buddy and hearing that “3,2,1 Go!” with everyone going hard on the workout together. Unless you’re of a particular breed it will be the latter for most.
For many of us, including myself, there is no fully stocked home gym. Limited to no equipment leads to great workouts, but it is still limited by nature. Getting your body reacclimated to strength work like squats and deadlifts, aerobic movements like the bike or rower, high skill gymnastics movements like pull ups and the Olympic lifts will take time. It would be foolhardy to come back day one, week one or even month one and expect everything to be where it was prior. This does NOT mean your strength is gone.
In the images below you’ll see an example of a moderate strength athlete with above average skills and a high aerobic capacity. Day 1 of quarantine left the athlete where they were at. We’re assuming this athlete is working out 2-3 times a week in their garage with very limited equipment.
Coming back on day 60 (I know we’re past 60 days, but it’s easier on the numbers) the athlete has “lost” only minimal strength and minimal skills. Their aerobic capacity hasn’t technically been lost. It will just feel this way for the first month or so.
Moving to the last image you can see how we’re almost back to where we started, bearing in mind that athletes are back on their normal fitness regime and keeping pace with their nutrition. In short, your strength and skills are the hardest to gain, but remain the longest. Your lungs are the first to come and the first to go, but will be the easiest to return.
Whatever your situation, whether you’re ready to go or need some time. We’re here with a solution. To give you a clear path to your end goal. If you’ve never been to a gym in your life and want to make a change, we’re here for you. If it’s been a while since you’ve done anything physical, we’re here for you. If you need a change of pace from your normal fitness routine, we’ve got you covered. The first step is taking the first step.
For our current members, we’ve been waiting a long time to see all of your sweaty, smiling faces. We’re so happy to be back and happy you’re with us to continue on our journey.