We’ve all been victim to breaks & interruptions in our routines and it always seems tough to get it back. In fact, we argue that starting and continuing are the most difficult & key components to workout success! So if you were wondering how to restart your gym routine, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll never question how to restart your gym routine ever again!
Show up! This sounds obvious and self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how many people get this wrong! The key is to plan your day and week to allow you to physically get into the gym. Make sure your work commute allows for the gym, both in time and direction. Make sure to think ahead to the crazier days at work and plan your workouts around those days. Most importantly, don’t let yourself get lazy at the end of the day. Typically, someone will go home to get ready, and then never leaves to go back. That’s why we suggest taking your gym gear with you and force yourself to finish the day with a final push before going home to relax! Still having trouble? Take a look at our advice on staying motivated! https://mojavefitness.com/overcoming-your-lack-of-motivation/m
Don’t get injured! It’s easy to go too hard too fast. Naturally, we remember where we were when we left off, and still believe we’re at that level. The hard and unfortunate truth is though, we’re not. The body naturally de-trains, and experiences performance declines over time. When this happens, your muscles aren’t used to be challenged by gym equipment and aren’t ready for your old routine. So we suggest to find the intensity that feels like a challenge and go 2 notches below it. This likely won’t feel challenging but you’ll probably still be sore after. However, your muscles and joints are getting used to these motions & angles again and gradually getting back in the hang of it! Lastly, going too hard and getting injured puts you back to square one all over again! For additional help on injury prevention, check out our post on preventing soreness: https://mojavefitness.com/fitness-blog/
Keep it simple! Since your body isn’t used too many of the motions of the gym exercises, you can afford to keep it basic and still make improvements! Conversely, right before the gym got shutdown, you may have been doing 2-3 sets for triceps, along with a few press exercises which also use the triceps. This is a lot of work for your triceps, but at that time, it may have been what they needed. However, since they haven’t been worked in a while, you’ll likely see gains from just the simple pressing movements. This is a good thing because now when you start to plateau, you have more options to things to add back in. So start simple, and get the best bang for your buck by adding the more detailed stuff little by little!