15 06 20 Brewer’s Blog
MOVING OUT OF LOCKDOWN
The time seems almost upon us, we are hopefully coming near to the end of this lockdown. Shops are opening back up, people are socialising face to face again and soon the gym doors will be open for all.
I’m extremely excited and to be honest a little apprehensive, mainly because it’s going to be like January 1st at Nuffield. Also for the fact that we are going to all be like giddy children playing in the park, we are going to want to jump into everything we used to do before the lockdown. 1 RM Snatches, Ring Muscle Ups, Rope Climbs and so on….
Before we get back to this place where everything is open again. I want to sow a little seed in your mind, just something to have a think about before going back into the gym.
Are you ready?
Not in terms of ready to get back. Because hell yes we have all been itching to get back. In terms of are you ready for heavy lifting, or high skill gymnastics? Are you ready to jump back into high intensity workouts or high volume training?
I want you to have a think about what your training has been like, for the most part we haven’t had the luxury of barbells or olympic rings, we haven’t had the luxury of open space and a variety of equipment. We have all adapted our training to fit the time and all done excellent to keep this habit going. If you’re like me you probably learned a lot during this time, which is great.
So here’s the Hard Truth, we probably haven’t got any stronger, our ring muscle ups probably haven’t got any better, our olympic lifts might not be as refined. However, we have a new opportunity to create an even higher ceiling, we have an opportunity to start a fresh especially with those tricky lifts or movements we didn’t nailed pre lockdown.
How do we go about this?
- Adequate amount of training days. Starting with 2/3 QUALITY resistance days is perfect.
- High reps, high tempo, low load. Reaffirm those movement patterns and body awareness.
- Take your REST! Allow for days in-between resistance training for full recovery.
- Long, slow aerobic work. To aid recovery and an opportunity to focus again on movement patterns.
- Revisit the PVC pipe or barbell for your Olympic lifts, not just once but for whole sessions and for weeks.
- Earn the right to do complex gymnastics again. Through holds, strict repetitions and tempo.
MOST OF ALL! Align your training to your goals, look at the bigger picture and work back from there. What small steps do you need to take daily to achieve this. Is going straight back to Heavy Weight, Maximal Intensity and High Volume going to get you closer to this?
Hope to see you all back in the Gym soon.