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Corona training

Updated: May 19, 2020

With the coronavirus hitting me like a truck, my motivation has driven to zero, I've come up with lots of ways to make sure I stay on track and achieve good work throughout the day.

The first one is to space my workouts. Instead of doing one big workout every day, I'm spacing it out throughout the day, with my LISS in the morning, spreading out volume training throughout the day and then having one big intense session around midday.

I'm still very much experimenting with this way of training and I'm not sure if it's going to work, but hey, no better time to try it than now.

What movements can I do throughout the day that require no warm-up, have a very low risk of injury and are beneficial to my goals. Push-ups, pull-ups, dips, kettlebell swings, goblet squats. I can add certain movements to grease the groove after doing these movements as a warm-up, like a planche, front lever, handstand push-ups, and harder movements I'm working towards.

The main areas I would be at risk of injuring would be my wrists or twinging a shoulder. That's why it's better to use parrallettes for these movements (i.e handstands and planche), add a warmup beforehand or just use volume movements before to get the body ready for the strength movements. Ideally, my body will be able to handle the load of these harder strength movements and over time I will be able to just do them at any time.

This means stretching, greasing the groove, managing injury risk and building up tendons. Cheetahs don't warm up when they sprint, they are always ready to go. I need to open up my shoulders and wrists in order to handstand at any time, or planche.

Bringing myself to train these big compound movements in a limited space with no one to train with is just really hard. Spacing the workouts out throughout the day and doing a chipper to get the volume in every day just seems so much more appealing and it may even provide a greater stimulus for the muscle to grow.

As long as you train to a good intensity while doing these movements, you should be able to tear the muscles and activate a response. I will update you all with the progress at the end of next month.

Grease the groove. Come back after coronavirus better, stronger and fitter, while everyone else gets fat and out of control. Find yourself in isolation.

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