How To Start Over

Whatever the scenario, starting over at the gym is a difficult thing to do. Speaking from experience, 4 months out from meniscus surgery, it feels like an uphill climb and it is.

If you’re a member at a gym I think you have 2 re-start options:

  1. Personal Training. This doesn’t have to be forever, but it’s your “safest” option and choosing this option depends on some variables. How long were you out? Were you injured? Maybe you had a baby and you’re ready to get back in the gym. Whatever the case, your best bet is to sit down with a coach and see what’s best. Often times a month or 2 of personal training will be an easier transition than group fitness.
  2. Scale Down. Be ok with doing 50-60% of the workload, toning down the weight used (or use none at all), or doing the workouts at 70% intensity. At CrossFit HSE we score workouts in an app call SugarWod and we post the workouts on the whiteboard. It’s ok to just come in and go through the motions for awhile without posting a score. Your body needs time to adjust. You’ve most likely had some muscle atrophy and you’ve lost a significant amount of aerobic capacity. Take a month to 6 weeks and gradually work your way up. The worst thing you can do is to attempt to perform at a level you were at before.

You’re not going to get back to where you were prior to stopping overnight. Enter back into exercise with the expectations that it is going to take a few months to get back, maybe more. That’s ok! It can be frustrating, I know firsthand. It’s not fun working your way back to where you were once before.

Are you looking to start over? If so, we’d love to help. Use the link below to chat with me!

-Coach Bryan for a free 1-1 no sweat intro.

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