For many of us, here in the UK at least, we’ve just had the news that gyms will be closing yet again.
We’ve had this a lot in 2020 and each announcement of closures is followed by the inevitable fear that you’ll lose all your hard-earned gym gains and get smaller.
Well, first up, even if you were to get smaller (you won’t) no one is judging you and no one else cares how big your guns are or how much you bench.
But we get it. You’ve worked hard on your body and don’t want the work to have been for nothing or to be set back a few weeks/months.
The good news, like most things in life, it’s nowhere near as drastic as you may fear.
Yes, you may feel and look a touch smaller but this will be down to reduced glycogen levels in your muscles and this will quickly return as soon as you start training again.
Provided you stay active and keep your nutrition on point (high protein and maintenance calories) you won’t experience any significant muscle or strength loss with a few weeks out of the gym.
Despite the lockdowns, you can still complete bodyweight home workouts and use the time to work on your general fitness or flexibility.
And why not use the downtime productively? Research and plan your next training cycle and goals so you are ready to hit the gym all guns blazing when they do reopen.
As with any of life’s setbacks that you cannot control, you just have to accept and make the most of them. Use the time you would be in the gym productivity.
And, don’t panic, you won’t lose all your gains.