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Public service announcement since I'm currently quarantined with tight breathing (probably not CV but just to be safe) 

Guys you need to stop panicking so much about your gains.

I get the gyms shutting is a major disappointment for many of you but there is people out there that are literally going to lose their livelihoods and loved ones. It's time to get things into perspective 

the skeletal muscle tissue you've grown is nothing more than trivial bullshit and going to the gym is a hobby.

I get your passion but seriously losing 1-2-6 months training is f**k all in the grand scheme of things particularly when you consider the potential loses on the cards for some. 

I have had several major injuries in my time in the gym from ruptured pecs, hamstring, torn vmos and triceps and a completely wankered spine, some of which requiring surgical intervention and many months out of the gym followed by even longer of inferior training sessions.

What I can tell you with certainty is 90% of your progress will come back within no time of returning to training

So you really shouldn't stress yourself out further unnecessarily as the increase in cortisol will only hasten the atrophy and do nothing for your desire to train.

Kevin Levrone used to take prolonged periods of time off from the gym out of choice and it never did him any harm.

Just shift your focus for a bit, spend more time with loved ones, give those quarantined due to vulnerability a call to break up their isolation

get some books, movies, tv series or a games console.

and if it's really doing your head in that much grab some home gym equipment. There's plenty blokes locked up managing to maintain a decent amount of size with just body weight movements, throw in a pair of dumbbells and some resistance bands and you can maintain even more.

Oh and ffs stop taking drugs.. you're not making decent progress with no gym, you're hampering immune function and carrying added water weight that further hampers respiratory function

come off or drop to TRT levels, use this time to get your injuries and health markers tidied up. 

you can either focus on the potential positives of time out of the gym or dwell on how s**t it is and just make your life even more negative, it doesn't change how long this is going to take. 

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I agree totally with this.

Let's face it, building muscle is a pretty pointless activity if we're being totally honest.

There's far better ways to stay fit and healthy, and there's many more ways to improve self esteem. No one needs steroids. Put all that gym focus into other activities and there's no limit to what you can achieve.

Wallow, and go precisely nowhere. Adjust, adapt, and the sky's the limit.

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I think it’s a great time to improve CV. Get outdoors and walk. Go to the country and places which are peaceful and empty.  Embrace the outdoors. Take that walk, enjoy a flask of coffee over looking the river or mountains. Spend time with family or get reading books in your downtime. 
 

I won’t worry about training at all. I’ll continue to walk and run several times a week and as usual just run 200mg test per week with 5mg cialis

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Couldn’t agree more 

once I’m out of the death bed I’ll have a different perspective of everything.  Especially since I’ve not been able to go outside. 
 

on a trt dose. Light cardio and walks until the gyms are back open. 
 

plus I’ll get plenty of cardio at work being chased by junkies trying to cough on me 

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Look I get it I really do but it's not just about "having to smash gear and lift every day bro !!" some of us like going down the gym and training and this gov advice will only be reviewed on a month-by-month basis.

So if anyone knows any "gyms that are staying open" (shall we say) in London then please feel free to PM me with the details :-)

Thanks !!

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Good post mate. I have access to a gym still albeit it 30mins away in the car.

Im not going to bother, I’ve had plenty of long periods out of the gym due to health concerns or injuries and it’s never took long to get back up to speed or carry on where I left off.

Enjoy doing something different guys as said above. I’m most definitely going to and then weather will soon pick up for my allotment.

Danny.

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13 hours ago, Tricky said:

I think it’s a great time to improve CV. Get outdoors and walk. Go to the country and places which are peaceful and empty.  Embrace the outdoors. Take that walk, enjoy a flask of coffee over looking the river or mountains. Spend time with family or get reading books in your downtime. 
 

I won’t worry about training at all. I’ll continue to walk and run several times a week and as usual just run 200mg test per week with 5mg cialis

What's CV?:D

I'm currently structuring a conditioning routine. Going to be lean again.

Got resistance bands and ordered a chin up bar.

Could care less about my gains. Last them all several times due to injuries (hernia ops etc) can all be earned back.

Working out at home will be for mental health!

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. Mentally healthy too.

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just remember guys 

we've not even start to climb the bell curve of infection and that mass piss up and one last gym session yesterday after the announcement is going to REALLY kick things into overdrive 

the economy, death toll, crime rate...

crazy, crazy times ahead.

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45 minutes ago, simonboyle said:

What's CV?:D

I'm currently structuring a conditioning routine. Going to be lean again.

Got resistance bands and ordered a chin up bar.

Could care less about my gains. Last them all several times due to injuries (hernia ops etc) can all be earned back.

Working out at home will be for mental health!

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy. Mentally healthy too.

Ha my CV is mainly just mountains, hills, countryside walks with the dog for 2-6 hours at a time as an opportunity to escape 

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Just now, Tricky said:

Ha my CV is mainly just mountains, hills, countryside walks with the dog for 2-6 hours at a time as an opportunity to escape 

I'm going to be doing a lot of conditioning. May as well lose some chub and be fit.

Just don't call it cross fit

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9 minutes ago, swole troll said:

just remember guys 

we've not even start to climb the bell curve of infection and that mass piss up and one last gym session yesterday after the announcement is going to REALLY kick things into overdrive 

the economy, death toll, crime rate...

crazy, crazy times ahead.

I think that announcement will have a major positive impact to be honest. With restaurants / pubs / clubs / etc all now shut the footfall in towns / city centres etc will plummet and shops / retail will also just close down - particularly in the evening. I really think even places such as central london will be like 28 days later after 5pm.

You can't expect big groups in towns at those places to keep social distance so it had to be done. But as long as individuals can respect this and not sneeze over one another I don't see any reason to self isolate for the next few months. You should still be able to go about your business / get outside if you need to. Stay safe and all that...

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as for those of you that simply cannot go without but do not have the room for a barbell, bench or power rack here is some options to stimulate every muscle in your body with just your body weight, preferably with resistance bands and even better still dumbbells also 

Requirements:

*     : body weight 
**   : resistance bands 
*** : dumbbells 
/      : you can use either or a combination of the above 

Push

press ups * / **
chair dips *
over head press ** / *** 
side laterals ** / *** 
tricep extensions ** / *** 
floor press ** / ***
flyes ** / ***

Pull 

inverted rows *
pull ups *
lat pull down ** 
face pull **
pull overs ** / ***
rows ** / *** 
rear delt fly ** / *** 
curls ** / ***

Legs 

GHR *
reverse nordics * / ** / ***
squats * / ** / ***
split squats * / ** / *** 
leg curl ** / ***
hip thrust ** / ***
leg press **
good mornings ** / *** 
SLDL ** / ***




there's more but just to give you a vast array of options and remember you can perform many of these unilaterally, with a pause and tempo repetitions 

my advice is get on it fast as there is a LOT of people shopping for gym equipment right now.  


 

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I'm training at home again, still got all my old equipment. You really don't need a lot of room to train in. I've gone back to what I used to use - a fold-up bench with squat stands with safety bars, a pullup bar and a load of freeweights. All stored in the cupboard under the stairs and I push the table up against the wall and train in the dining room. If you have a garden then the weather's not been bad for training ourdoors if you have to. If you get a good set of dumbbell handles and a barbell you can still train heavy and get a highly productive workout.

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18 hours ago, swole troll said:

Can you recommend a home routine that doesn't include DB or weights?

I'm dropping to trt as u said. Im happy to try something new from home like training towards more  balance core stability but still exercising all muscle groups.

Also thinking I'll do my cut now. Is that a terrible idea? I mean the training I di doesn't build huge amounts of muscle, just strength.

Thanks

J

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14 minutes ago, Jaling said:

Can you recommend a home routine that doesn't include DB or weights?

I'm dropping to trt as u said. Im happy to try something new from home like training towards more  balance core stability but still exercising all muscle groups.

Also thinking I'll do my cut now. Is that a terrible idea? I mean the training I di doesn't build huge amounts of muscle, just strength.

Thanks

J

I've put together enough exercises for every body part above, you can just use them to create any split your normally use however I'd advise full body 3x per week with limited equipment.

regarding cutting, unless you are morbidly obese or just wanting to tidy up a little I'd advise you not to cut whilst training stimulus isn't ideal 

calorie deficit and a low demand on muscle is perfect environment for muscle loss.

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I've got dumbells and free weights also have a barbell no bench tho unfortunately.  Definitely gonna make use of this plan cheers S. T. 

1 hour ago, swole troll said:

as for those of you that simply cannot go without but do not have the room for a barbell, bench or power rack here is some options to stimulate every muscle in your body with just your body weight, preferably with resistance bands and even better still dumbbells also 

Requirements:

*     : body weight 
**   : resistance bands 
*** : dumbbells 
/      : you can use either or a combination of the above 

Push

press ups * / **
chair dips *
over head press ** / *** 
side laterals ** / *** 
tricep extensions ** / *** 
floor press ** / ***
flyes ** / ***

Pull 

inverted rows *
pull ups *
lat pull down ** 
face pull **
pull overs ** / ***
rows ** / *** 
rear delt fly ** / *** 
curls ** / ***

Legs 

GHR *
reverse nordics * / ** / ***
squats * / ** / ***
split squats * / ** / *** 
leg curl ** / ***
hip thrust ** / ***
leg press **
good mornings ** / *** 
SLDL ** / ***




there's more but just to give you a vast array of options and remember you can perform many of these unilaterally, with a pause and tempo repetitions 

my advice is get on it fast as there is a LOT of people shopping for gym equipment right now.  


 

 

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Yeah been 4 days for me, gyms been close since the start of the week here in Malta, have some dumbbells and weights lying around but TBH haven't really thought much about it as I have kids to be entertained, older relative to shop for, and found another hobby in baking, kneading the bread gives a bit of a triceps workout anyway :) didn't realise how satisfying it is making my own bread.

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10 hours ago, Tricky said:

Ha my CV is mainly just mountains, hills, countryside walks with the dog for 2-6 hours at a time as an opportunity to escape 

Yes best advice at minute is long brisk walks with the dog in nature away from the city and people. If no dog great opportunity to adopt maybe a small springer spaniel or something if not accustomed to dogs but seriously life about to get tough and a loyal dog on hand will make it all bit more bearable and get you out and about.

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On 20/03/2020 at 9:33 PM, swole troll said:

Public service announcement since I'm currently quarantined with tight breathing (probably not CV but just to be safe) 

Guys you need to stop panicking so much about your gains.

I get the gyms shutting is a major disappointment for many of you but there is people out there that are literally going to lose their livelihoods and loved ones. It's time to get things into perspective 

the skeletal muscle tissue you've grown is nothing more than trivial bullshit and going to the gym is a hobby.

I get your passion but seriously losing 1-2-6 months training is f**k all in the grand scheme of things particularly when you consider the potential loses on the cards for some. 

I have had several major injuries in my time in the gym from ruptured pecs, hamstring, torn vmos and triceps and a completely wankered spine, some of which requiring surgical intervention and many months out of the gym followed by even longer of inferior training sessions.

What I can tell you with certainty is 90% of your progress will come back within no time of returning to training

So you really shouldn't stress yourself out further unnecessarily as the increase in cortisol will only hasten the atrophy and do nothing for your desire to train.

Kevin Levrone used to take prolonged periods of time off from the gym out of choice and it never did him any harm.

Just shift your focus for a bit, spend more time with loved ones, give those quarantined due to vulnerability a call to break up their isolation

get some books, movies, tv series or a games console.

and if it's really doing your head in that much grab some home gym equipment. There's plenty blokes locked up managing to maintain a decent amount of size with just body weight movements, throw in a pair of dumbbells and some resistance bands and you can maintain even more.

Oh and ffs stop taking drugs.. you're not making decent progress with no gym, you're hampering immune function and carrying added water weight that further hampers respiratory function

come off or drop to TRT levels, use this time to get your injuries and health markers tidied up. 

you can either focus on the potential positives of time out of the gym or dwell on how s**t it is and just make your life even more negative, it doesn't change how long this is going to take. 

Great advice although I am not letting it go that easily.  I purchased some 52.5 kg hex dumbbells, 32.5kg adjustable dumbbells, adjustable bench, dip stand and door way chinup bar. 

 

I brought some duct tape to so I can stick plates to my dumbbells if needed.  I am staying on my cycle and think that the change of exercises that I do might even benefit me.

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8 hours ago, strong_man20 said:

Great advice although I am not letting it go that easily.

hey man that wasn't the message 

that's great you've got some home workout kit and that I would encourage anyone that is able to, to  do.

the point I was trying to make is if you are unable to train due to finances or space then don't sweat the off time 

but by all means if you can fit it in and have the cash then a home gym is an excellent investment irrelevant of the current situation.

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40 minutes ago, Huntingground said:

Due to lack of gym, I'll be tripling the dose and food thereby guaranteeing massive gains whilst sat on sofa watching re-runs of Liverpool 4 Barca 0 from last season on loop.

Guess it'll be 31 years then....man I'd be gutted though perhaps it's for the best as you did seem to be bottling it a bit recently.

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