Even with good workout programming, technique, and proper recovery, you might find yourself unable to train for a while. Injuries happen, as does life.
When you’re ready to get back into training after being away from the gym, what’s the best way to pick it back up?
Here are a few tips to help you get back into a regular training routine.
1. Take on a beginner’s mindset.
When you’re a beginner, the primary focus is on learning skills and proper technique. As you get back into training, it’s a good idea to take on a beginner’s mindset and focus on moving well. Before you start adding weight or intensity, make sure that your body has had a chance to adapt to training, and you’re able to move with proper technique.
2. Build up gradually.
Once you’ve taken some time to revisit the basics, you’re ready to start building up gradually. If you remember what you were able to do in the gym before your time off, a gradual build-up can be a huge challenge. As much as you want to get back to where your fitness and performance level was before, take your time. If you accelerate too fast, it increases your risk of injury. Listen to how your body responds to training and lean toward holding yourself back. For now.
3. Set realistic expectations.
Once you’re back in the gym, be careful with how you manage your expectations. Take some time to set some new goals and make sure that you’re being realistic. As much as you want to see results (weight loss, improved fitness, more strength, etc.) right away, be patient. Managing your expectations can help you avoid feeling frustrated with your workout performance.