It has been 10 months since I last stepped foot in my gym due to the COVID lockdowns. Although my gym did reopen for a period during the late summer and early fall, I didn’t return. I had concerns about being inside a smaller gym that I already knew had issues with their HVAC system. The weather outside was great, so I figured I could wait a bit longer. Now that wait has been extended by months. I’d be surprised if my gym opens before April.
I don’t have any interest in debating COVID or lockdown strategies. The reality is what it is. I can’t return to my gym and that likely won’t change for 3 or more months here in Seattle.
I gave bodyweight exercises a try. But they never clicked with me. If you thrive on bodyweight exercises and don’t need a gym, good for you. I still do pushups and bodyweight squats, but there is something good for my mental health to do exercise in a dedicated space with lots of lights, mirrors, high ceilings, and music. You know, a gym. Doing pushups, next to my bed, next to my desk, is not inspiring at all.
No Need to Worry
Even though my fitness has suffered* during the lockdown, I am not concerned that this loss will set me back as long as the lockdown itself. I am fully confident that every ounce of strength and size lost in 2020 will return rapidly in 2021.
*my nutrition has been excellent 😎
Why am I confident? Muscle memory. The same reason that after you remove a cast from a broken bone the muscle grows back to its original size quickly. It doesn’t need to be a recovery from an injury. It could be as simple as a deconditioned athlete that gets back into shape quickly. I did two posts on this very topic.
- How Mickey Rourke Gained 27 Pounds of Muscle For The Wrestler
- How Tim Ferriss REALLY Gained 34 Pounds of Muscle in 28 Days
Those posts make the case that a deconditioned athlete can recover years of lost muscle in a month. New muscle takes time, regaining old muscle doesn’t.
If you are like me, then you have years (or decades) of training experience. And if you took a step back in your strength and size in 2020 (like me), then relax in knowing that the gains will be coming soon.
We got this.
Photo by Anastase Maragos.
Part 2 (Feb 2022)