The gyms are open again, and we know everyone is excited to get back to full training but there a few things you should think about before you start throwing dumbbells around like its 2019…

  1. Decrease your load

Remember, it may have been 6 months since you have done significant training so don’t expect your body will be able to handle the same load. If you’re doing resistance training start by lifting 50% of your usual weights, and for circuit/cardio training back off the intensity or do slightly shorter sessions to begin with. This will ensure you can continue to rebuild your strength and fitness without missing sessions due to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) or injury.

  1. Spread out your training

It’s tempting, but don’t go straight back to 6 days a week. Consider training on non-consecutive days for the first 1-2 weeks to ease the transition. This will also mean you have more time for number 3…

  1. Focus on recovery

We know that for a lot of you the stretching and recovery routine has gone out the window, so it’s time to bring it back. Think of those problem areas and little niggles you used to have and get on top of them before they interrupt your training. Whether it’s 10mins of stretching in front of the TV at night, or some online Pilates a few times a week, find a way to support your body. Again, this will mean less injuries and more time at the gym!

  1. Enjoy!

It’s been a while, go and have fun!!!!!