We are all going through the same scenario, the gym is closed and you don’t have weights. Your normal routine is gone and you may be getting frustrated or stressed that your progress will come to a halt….
If you’re stressed because you don’t want your training to go to waste but you also can’t do anything about your current circumstances what do you do?
Keep training silly!
Here’s 3 reason why you should not be stressed about the gym being closed:
1.Your strength is not going away overnight.
It takes several weeks for your body to lose strength and muscle mass. Muscles are constantly undergoing cycles of stress (exercise) and recovery. They don’t have to be constantly under stress in order to be maintained, in fact constant stress without adequate recovery will actually harm you more than help you.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
2.You have so much opportunity to attack weaknesses
Whether it’s taking time to focus on body weight exercises to keep strength, jumping rope/running for conditioning, or stretching/mobilizing there is so many opportunity to grow! Not only that, but you also have more time to dial in your nutrition and eat in a way that supports your goals. You can even practice your exercise technique without moving a muscle. Studies of athletes have shown that mental rehearsal, running through a movement, lift or routine has been shown to cause electrical activity in the muscles involved in the movement. Close your eyes and practice your technique. You might be surprised at what you can do when you get back to it!
3.Focus on what you want, not what you don’t
The most important piece when you’re unable to go to a gym is to remain calm. Nothing chisels away those hard earned muscles like cortisol. Stress levels are probably high enough with our jobs and daily routines being flipped on their head so do your best to stay calm and persevere. If you focus on all the things you fear or worry about, your brain will only find more fuel for that fire. If your internal dialogue is “I’m going to get fat or weak” then you will probably act in a manner that supports that story. If your story to yourself is “I’m going to say health no matter what” then you will most likely act accordingly.
How to move forward??
Times can be hard, but in order to get through this stress and fear that is going on in the world, you need to make sure you are setting yourself up for success. So if that means that you are making a schedule for yourself to stay on task every day or making sure to workout on a zoom call, do it! If you don’t have a community that is there to support you, go and find one. You need to surround yourself with people that are like minded and can keep you on your plan and remind you what your goals are. This isn’t a time to give up and settle, this is a time to dig your nails in and become a better version of yourself. Find those area’s of your life where there is rot and decay and allow light to shine on those areas to help you grow!