Are you one of those people on lockdown and worrying about “losing your gains”? A lot of people are concerned about this, but in case you don’t even know what I mean by that, it basically just means losing muscle mass or strength, that you probably worked really hard for. You might be struggling to feel like you can do adequate resistance training or strength training at home in order to prevent that from happening. I’m here to help you!
Before I go any further, I feel a need to address the potential people out there who respond to things like this by saying “I can’t believe you’d care about something so shallow when people are out here dying”. I get it. You’re entitled to that outlook. I get both sides. But today is not for the people who say to “relax” and not worry about it. If you want to relax, that’s cool, but today is for the people who are concerned about losing the progress they’ve made.
The biggest and most significant thing I can say is that a lot of people will have to make a big mental shift in order to get out of their own way in order to minimize strength loss or muscle mass. I’m going talk about some things you can do if you’re concerned about losing gains, but if your ego is in the way and telling you things like “Yeah, but that’s not heavy enough” or “These bodyweight exercises are not going to do anything for me” — First of all, you’re wrong. Second of all, if you hang on to those excuses, then you honestly should accept your fate and start saying the truth, which is that your ego is in the way you’re just going pout about it until the gym opens again.
If you honestly have concerns about losing strength or muscle mass but you find that you just don’t know what to do, then I’m about to help you with that.
Here is the oath that I’d like you to take to commit to bodyweight workouts:
I (state your name),
by the powerlessness that I feel from having to stay at home
without access to heavy weights or the gym
promise to put my ego aside
To trust in bodyweight training
To make the most of this situation
So that I will feel empowered
To maintain strength
and minimize muscle loss
So that when the gyms open again,
I will feel ahead of the game
And ahead of the people who chose
to allow their ego to steal their gains during quarantine time.
Keep in mind this oath that you just took because your ego is still going to tap you on the shoulder and try to strongarm you into not putting in effort.
What else you’ll learn in this episode:
• Will cardio cause you to lose more muscle and should you do cardio during lockdown?
• Putting your ego in check if you think bodyweight exercises aren’t tough enough
• Ideas for stairs to challenge your lower body
• Why bodyweight exercises work for 99% of the population
• How to add variations to make things more interesting
• How to use range of motion, tempo and high reps to your advantage
• How to make a 5 lb. dumbbell feel like 50 lbs.
I dare you to try these ideas. See how it goes. If I’m wrong after the gyms open, then I’m wrong. But I’ve been doing this for a long time so I think I know what I’m talking about. Post yourself doing these ideas on social media with the hashtag #ProveFitFizzWrong
I DARE YOU! And I’m going to need that social media proof of you doing these ideas at home for it to count if you plan to prove me wrong when gyms open again.
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Keep doing the best you can, and until next time, breathe, stay strong, and always celebrate victory!
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