On the back of the home gym question. A year in lockdown I assume that some of you have bought your own equipment for home gyms. Will you want to return to the gym or will you go back when comfortable? Or will you not go back at all.
I will be returning but only when I feel safe to do so. I miss the social side of things and I don’t have a bench press setup at home or squat rack. I also miss swimming.
I’m excited about it, there’s certain things that are just difficult to train with home workout equipment. Looking forward to going and doing some strength training with deadlifts and squats, and like you doing bench press/dumbbell chest as I’ve been doing press ups for the last year (great exercise but looking forward to some variety).
We are so lucky at Huel HQ, we have a gym in our warehouse, I think there’s plans to extend it a little and add in a another rack and more cardio equipment. Can’t wait to get back!
I’m a member of a gym (David Lloyd), but I don’t use the actual gym - I find the notion of a gym workout to be the single most boring, soul-destroying activity a person can do, even worse than washing up by hand.
I use my membership for playing tennis (my two nearest David Lloyds both have tennis courts and provide group coaching), which I restarted on Wednesday. It was good exercise and was nice to be back around other like-minded humans that are not in my immediate household. Now back to playing twice a week - Wednesday and Saturday - until we have to lockdown again.
A setup like that beats almost all gyms out there - Whoever designed that (guessing James?!) should go commercial.
Serious lack of gyms like that in this country - They’re all full of lycra and row upon row of treadmills. A gym chain which educated subscribers on weight training benefits vs cardio with appropriate equipment and expertise would take off!
Yes I will definitely be returning and can’t wait too get back especially running on the treadmill. My feet and knees don’t like running outside on concrete and get injured more especially with some of the cambers out there
I wonder whether workouts at home can be really effective. I’ve tried to replace the treadmill at the gym with running and jumping on a mini trampoline at home. How would you rate the effectiveness in comparison? Is it really “equal” regarding the training effectiveness?
Depends on what you’re replacing. Running & jumping in place on a trampoline won’t match up to actually running (whether on a treadmill or outside). You should try running outside, just be aware that if you’re used to a treadmill doing your pacing for you, running outside will feel difficult because you have to pace yourself. But if you do, say, HIIT exercises, there’s no reason why it can’t be just as effective at home. The difference may be that without a gym instructor keeping you accountable, you might be inclined to half-arse things, or give up a bit earlier than you would otherwise, that sort of thing, but that’s just a individual thing
Whereas for me, I’m a powerlifter. I can’t recreate deadlifts and heavy back squats at home. Holding an 11kg bag of rice and squatting is alright, but it’s obviously not the same as a 20kg bar loaded up with another 30kg+ of plates.
First day back in the gym today. Pretty happy with how it went as was my PT. Deadlifts, back squats, lat pull downs and rows. Very pleased to manage 2 sets of deadlifts at 5x75kg after a few warm up lighter sets. Haven’t trained since November and I’d previously got up to 2x95kg so not a bad start although I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow!