After two months of quarantine, getting back into the gym might seem a bit intimidating, and that’s ok! Here are some of our tips for getting back into your routine now that JR CrossFit is officially open.
Start off slow and don’t get discouraged
Even if you kept up a workout routine during quarantine, you might be struggling to get back into now that we’re holding in-person classes again.
What’s important to remember is that it’s completely ok if you have to start off a little slower at first, and ramp back. This could mean you aren’t necessarily lifting as heavy as you were pre-quarantine, or maybe after doing just a few pull-ups, you feel like you’ve done 100.
As always, all of our programming at JR CrossFit can be modified to meet your current needs. Whether you’re looking to slowly ramp back up to working out five days per week, or some of the movements just hit your body a little harder now, we can adjust the programming accordingly.
All of our workouts are programmed in-house and are fully scalable to your fitness skills. JR CrossFit meets you at your fitness level and helps you improve from there, so there’s no need to stress about feeling out of place
Use this opportunity to form a new routine
Building on that, you should look at this new, post-quarantine time as an opportunity to start a new routine completely. Maybe you were growing tired of your routine prior to quarantine, or maybe life is just different now. That’s totally okay! Use this “new normal” as an opportunity to refine your schedule such that it’s maintainable and enjoyable.
It’s true that working out sporadically is better than not working out at all, but a consistent schedule will take things to the next level. Consistently working out starts with picking a class time that you can repeat on a schedule, multiple times per week.
For example, Once you do a few weeks of a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, you’ll notice that it gets significantly easier to maintain that schedule. Ideally, you’ll get to the point that your body craves that physical activity, and all of the benefits that come with it.
Finally, I’ll use this as an opportunity to promote our awesome 5 AM class. Be sure to check out our full blog post on why you should start your day off with a 5 AM CrossFit workout.
If you commit to a plan like this, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish by dedicating just a few hours of your week to CrossFit. 5 hours per week at the gym is less than 3 percent of your total week, so what’s your excuse for waiting?
Consistency is key
Finally, consistency is key. When it comes time to pick a new routine, the most important thing is to remain consistent. Now more than ever it’s easy to find an excuse as to why you might want to skip a workout. It’s important to overcome this mental barrier and do what you can to get into the box as consistently as possible.
Having a consistent schedule for working out also gives your body the much-needed time to recover. This means your body is adapting to your schedule and getting stronger. Having a consistent workout schedule also makes it easier to manage that soreness, with days dedicated to mobility and stretching.
JR CrossFit offers a flexible schedule of classes with different workouts every day of the week. Take a look at our schedule here and find the best time for you!
By Chance Miller