Even during this unique time in our history, we are presented with a choices. Stay home or go for a walk? Stand in line or order online? Processed food or fresh food? Produce/Fruit or hot cheetos?
Do I train with what I have or do I just wait for this quarantine to be over? It seems a lot of people have adopted the "all or nothing" approach. Despite the many options available for home training, the desire to be in a place, is outweighing the desire to train, or even get some moderate exercise.
In a time before COVID-19, there were other challenges. The gym was there and available and most took advantage of the environment to make significant progress. There were other challenges which stalled progress despite great performances in the gym, such as social gatherings, birthday dinners, social drinking, etc. The tables have turned: "My my, how the turntables..." While the gym isn't available, training is. The other challenges have been eliminated.
Take advantage of the robust availability you now have. You can make significant strides. We don't have control of when "normal" will resume. There is some control, move forward.
Working out vs. Training: The new normal
Welcome to the new normal, it's getting thrown out a lot, even when you try not to use it, it seems to pop up. It quickly get's everyone on the same page when it comes to what is currently happening.
Everyone's world literally got flipped upside down. When it comes to training, gyms closed, and that is across the board. There are no fitness facilities open and available for training.
The training has to change and the mindset has to change, at least temporarily. That being said, it seems the removal of the barbell has hit some folks like left hook, still dazed and confused and haven't peeled themselves off the canvas.
While it will be difficult for many to get stronger during this time, due to lack of weights available, there is still an opportunity to get better. Movement patterns can get better, implementing tempo and time under tension to give the body a different stimulus can be implemented. There is still work to be done and there is progress to be made.
Finding workouts isn't hard, everybody and their grandmother has jumped into the home workout space. Finding a random workout and challenging yourself to do them is not a bad thing from time to time. It's working out, something is better than nothing.
There is magic in training, it's progressive, it's mindful of the movements, loads, and volume of the previous day. It makes sure you don't hammer your tendons and joints.
We've been on the shallow end since January, and then got tossed in the deep end with the developments of current events. We are swimming, it was a sloppy doggy paddle at first but now we are beginning to find our stride. Will you find yours?