Post-lockdown training

Well, maybe a better title would be 'how to train safely in the new normal'.

Hopefully during lockdown, you’ve been ‘exercising’ rather than ‘training’. In a time where a healthy immune system is so important, the vast majority of us should focus on the mental and physical benefits of exercise rather than over-stressing the body.

To transition into a training mindset, and the progressive overload that it entails, we need one of two things: motivation, or discipline. Having a goal, and committing to fundraising for charity, normally does the trick. But with all the uncertainty around if events are taking place, I fully understand how staying motivated and disciplined can be tough.

It’s been really nice to run without the pressures of goals, structure, and PBs. But it’s time to get a little more organised.

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • Be honest with your current starting point, your ability to commit to weekly training, and map out a progressive plan over the next 4, 8, 12, 16 weeks. Make sure you record every session, and give feedback, so you can make any adjustments to your plans.
  • Be part of the community (Facebook, Strava), and make sure you use #TeamYoungLives on social media. Supporting CLIC Sargent will give you discipline and motivation in abundance, especially when you are struggling.
  • Remember a successful training plan isn’t just about exercising. How you fuel your bodies through nutrition, how you manage your stress levels, and including strength work is super important. Not just for performance, but for foundations of health and injury prevention.

If you need anything specifically, then please get in touch with me at phil@fitness-aspirations.com