Training during Covid-19 lockdown: A bit of a rollercoaster!
We might be nearing the end of the current lockdown, but life certainly isn’t going to just go back to normal overnight. Unfortunately, who knows when gyms will be reopened.
I hope those of you who have wanted to have got into their fitness routines over the last six weeks. I have to be honest, we have had a bit of a rollercoaster with our routine
Our initial workout routine
The first couple of weeks of lockdown we decided to take our own advice and buy extremely healthy foods, we were eating amazingly and we weren’t drinking. We were getting as much variety in our exercise as possible, using what we have:
CARs Training - strengthening our joints with Dr. Ailish McLaughlin
Beautiful Yoga classes with Harriet Taylor
Running with the Guardian’s Today in Focus podcast to take our mind off the hills!
Strength training without weights - yes that is possible - listen to the Fitness Unfiltered podcast with the King and Queen of Nike here if you don’t believe me.
Hangboard training to get better at climbing for when we can finally go bouldering/climbing again.
Our bodies looked amazing but that wasn’t really what it was about. Something switched after the first couple of weeks, I think it might have been that first banana bread I baked, but Jack & I both developed a sweet tooth. Thinking back it could have been something to do with the massive bag of chocolates Jack bought for Easter! Maybe it was that the novelty of lockdown was wearing off and we were looking for something exciting to do/feel/taste!!!
The simple but tasty things in life!
We had a couple of glasses of wine on the third weekend. My gosh, that tasted amazing! We realised maybe those simple things that we can experience at the moment are the best. A glass of rose in the French sunshine or a couple of squares of chocolate in the evening. Most things have been in moderation until we ate an entire banana bread in less than 24 hours!
Jacks set back - bursitis in his knee
We have both had physical hurdles to overcome. Jacks was a little bigger than mine, he developed bursitis in his knee. What was going to be a great time for him to start running again (he is an incredible runner) has turned into a very frustrating time. We are not supposed to cycle here in France, I guess in case you fall off your bike and need medical attention, so that isn’t an option either. We don’t have any cardio machines so burpees and mountain climbers it is for him! Good job he loves burpees!
My set back - a sliced open finger!
For me, I have been focusing on connecting my mind to my body and working out what my body wants and needs at any particular time - this is mainly linked to my period cycle. Check my blog out here, I talk about how one minute I feel like I should be competing in the Olympics and the next I can just about bring myself to do a chilled yoga practice. I do have two goals, I wanted to improve my pull ups and my running. Fortunately, one of the last things we bought from a shop was a hangboard. Jack has nearly mastered the 1 armed pull up and I can do 4 good pull ups now! Excited to see what we’ll be able to do on a stable bar. However, I decided to slice my finger open - set back for my pull up progress!
It’s never a bad idea to fo for a walk
There is one thing I have got out of all of this, which I knew already, but it really has cemented this in my mind: It’s never a bad idea to go for a walk. Walking has always been our meditation. We planned our entire wedding walking back from the mountain Jack proposed on. We decided to move to France and re-visited our holistic goals when we were on our five day hike in Patagonia. Every time one of us has felt a bit down, and that has happened at some point almost every day, we have gone for a walk. It may only be for 30 minutes but we have always felt that little bit better afterwards! Never underestimate the power of a walk for the mind and the body.
HH Training - where will we be in a couple of weeks?
When I launched HH Training in January I based the business around writing programmes for people. Something I love to do. However, the thing that makes me me is the fact that I really care for people. Jack always tells me off for spending a little bit too long on perfecting a session. I don’t think I will ever stop doing that. It took me a week or so to decide to take the leap into live classes, as I said when I launched them - the thought of being on camera terrified me and the thought that no one would want to be trained by me when there are a million people trainers doing their thing at the moment made me extremely anxious. However, I did it and I am so glad I did. We have a little community of around 10-12 people who choose to train with Jack and I on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and they are all getting stronger, fitter and more mobile and for me that is enough. What it has made me realise is that I love training people whether that is face to face or through a computer screen at the moment. What is HH Training going to look like post lockdown, what am I going to be doing? I’m not entirely sure just yet but I would love to keep helping people to move better, move wisely and move with variety and train with purpose.
If you are interested in joining our little community, have a read all about the why behind the sessions here.
If you are a little lost with how much information has been thrown out there at the moment, please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org