Dare we say it but there is light at the end of the tunnel as far as the pandemic is concerned. We believe that on or shortly after the 12th of April gyms will be able to reopen and clients will be able to attend sessions in person once again.
For some people this could be just as much daunting as it is exciting. This blog post is about how to build up your routine again and how to feel confident returning to the gym.
If you are not a Runway member your first step will be to assess your fitness level. This doesn't mean do a super challenging workout and throw everything into it. It means start at the basics; complete a warm up, do some body weight exercises, choose exercises that you are comfortable with and compare how they feel to pre-pandemic. Start easy and only progress if you feel comfortable to add weight or reps.
If you are a Runway member your personal trainer will do this for you by preparing a workout to assess multiple aspects of your fitness. We understand you could be apprehensive about returning to the gym so we will do our best to make you feel at ease.
Once you have completed your first session or assessment it's time to work out where to go from there. Plan your fitness regime by first establishing what is your main goal. We have a blog post on goal setting https://www.runwayfitness.co.uk/post/are-you-scared-by-your-fitness-goals .
Once you have decided on your goal you need to build a routine with balance to help you achieve your goal. If you want weight loss for example it wouldn't be good to just do HIIT training 7 days per week. If you don't know how to build a good routine please just reach out.
As a Runway Fitness member we plan each workout for you so you don't need to stress over what exercises you should be doing. As you work with a personal trainer each time you visit you also won't need to motivate yourself. You just need to show up and we will do the rest.
Monitor your progress. As the weeks go on your program should have you progress at a steady rate. Make sure to check in weekly with how you feel the week has gone. How does your body feel? how are you energy levels? Don't be afraid to scale back if you feel the plan is progressing too quickly. Consistency is the main objective when trying to achieve a certain result.
At Runway we will regularly ask for feedback as to how you are getting on and how you are feeling each session. As much as we like to motivate you we aren't afraid to recommend you recover longer if we feel it is necessary.
4 Be kind
Starting a new fitness routine can feel pressured. Whether you choose to join us at Runway or want to DIY your fitness journey the most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself.
Don't burn yourself out or place unrealistic expectations on yourself. Be your own number one supporter and look out for others in the gym environment who may be feeling conscious or anxious.
Runway Fitness will always support you and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your return to the gym. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.
We hope you have enjoyed this weeks blog post.