Wow! It’s been a crazy couple of months, but it’s been so cool to see how creative the world has become with their training. We’ve seen people run full marathons in their apartment, push up world records have been broken more than once and to be honest, I don’t think gym equipment has ever sold so well!
But we’re coming out the other side now. Not long until we can go back to our normal training, so what are we going to do? Go back to our old training? Or should we try incorporate some of new things we’ve been doing?
I’ve been a big fan of body weight training for a long time, so for me it’s been a good excuse to add even more of it into my routine. And honestly, I do get bored with doing the same thing over and over, so It’s been awesome having a mix of stuff to do.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had access to a gym during all of this (I still run 3 online classes per week at Loco HQ in Mermaid Beach, Australia), so I haven’t really stopped my weight training. I’ve also been doing workouts at home using whatever there is lying around. I’ve been doing body weight workouts and learning new ways to really push my muscles to their limit without equipment. Being influenced by gymnastics and calisthenics, and slowing movements down to really fatigue my muscles that way.
Personally I’ll keep training this way, but I’m also going to add new things. There are still spartan events to train for this year (obstacle course races). So just lugging weights around 4-5 times a week isn’t going to benefit that.
You’re going to see me using my body to train a lot more. You’re going to see me using tires, sandbags, ropes, hammers, concrete blocks and more. You’re going to see me running trails, on the beach and even in water.
I’ve learn’t so much about how I want to train during this time. I’ve learn’t that there are so many ways you can become fitter and stronger. And most importantly, become functionally fit and strong, so you can apply your new found strength to your every day life. There’s no point building up to 100kg+ bench press if you’re never lying on the ground trying to push something away from your body. That’s not to say I don’t think bench press is an effective exercise. I still do them at least once every 2 weeks, but its about being realistic and practical with how we train.