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How am I doing dealing with this “no gym” thing… not good… not enjoying it to be honest… not gonna lie…

So most gyms in America are closed and most Americans are out of a gym. I’ve noticed that. Since public and commercial gyms across America are closed down, I’m noticing that a lot of lifters are trying to find other ways to lift. I’ve noticed a lot of lifters in the gym would to try to find friends or family members who have their own home gyms and lifters would use theirs. Even better, a lot of gym goers who had gym memberships have been buying their own weight lifting equipment so they can make their own home gym in their homes or apartments.

I’m noticing that a lot of powerlifters have their own gym now. They probably buy their own squat rack, bench press and barbell so they can continue their powerlifting training at home. That’s a good idea.

I could do the same thing if I wanted but I don’t have any space around here for my own home gym but what I’m thinking about doing is buying my own barbell and a set of weight plates so I can at least deadlift outside. I have no room for a bench and squat rack where I live but i could probably deadlift outside. That’s not stopping me… not sure if I’ll actually do that but I could if I wanted to.

This no gym thing sucks hard… Gov. Cuomo’s been promising that NY state would be open May 15th but since May 15th is getting closer… Cuomo ended up only opening parts of NY which means gyms and health centers in NY state will be closed a lot longer. NY Lockdown’s been extended ’til June 6th so hopefully gyms will get back open then.

Just imagine if I had to go throughout the whole fucking summer without a gym? Or worse, I could go without a gym for another whole fucking year

Uggggghhhh… I”m not ready to lose all my hard work and progress… but I have been doing some body weight workouts at home though and doing some stretching. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking outside whenever the weather’s decent.

After over 10 years of going to the gym and then I lose it all? The bodybuilding physique that I’ve always dreamed of having could be done but I not really.

Once the gym gets back open, I’m gonna be training harder than ever. I’ll probably lose some progress yes but I can get it back easily. I was just getting back to the gym full time after getting over a minor injury but now next thing you know, gym closes over a dumb virus that don’t even exists.

I’m hoping the gym will get back open this summer, hopefully June 6… if Cuomo extends it again, I’m gonna be pissed as fuck and that’s when I’ll really lose it.

The gym is my passion… my home away from home.

Gyms being closed is not only bad for the members and lifters, it’s also bad for the staff and gym owners/managers. They’re all out of work and because of this covid-19 thing, gyms are at risk getting closed and shut down for good ’cause they can lose money the longer they stay closed.

If masks and social distancing works then it should be safe enough to go back to the gym and I don’t understand why they still keep ’em closed. It’s all political, in my opinion… it’s just so that Democrat governors can make it look like they’re doing good things handling covid-19.

Gyms will be back open this summer, I’m calling it now. Cuomo’s gonna try to keep gyms closed forever but he can’t… pressure is gonna force him to get them back open just watch.

Kev

So gyms are closed… don’t worry about losing muscle and strength for a few weeks…

 

So a lot of gyms all across America are closing left & right and before you know it, all gyms will be closed. If your gym is closed, I’m sure you all are freakin’ out about it… you’re probably like, “Oh no, I’m going to lose all my muscle and strength. Lose all my hard work and gains!”.

Um, no you won’t. A lot of gyms out there are only going to be closed for a few weeks and you won’t lose muscle in a few weeks. If you’re not working out, yes, your muscle will start to atrophy but that’s not gonna happen right away.

Not too long ago when I took a month off to heal a leg injury, I came back from the gym and didn’t really lose any strength at all. I’ve noticed that. I didn’t lose my bench press, deadlift and squat numbers at all. I was still doing 40 lb. dumbbell arm curls too. So I would assume that it takes a few months for muscle to start to atrophy.

Years of hard work, you won’t lose even if you take a little break from it.

It’s funny, ya know. I took a little break from the gym not too long ago to heal a leg injury but looks like I’ve got to take a little break from working out again due to all the gym closures.

Anyhow, if you still feel the need to work out, you can do a bunch of body weight workouts at home like all the workouts Arnold just posted on his instagram for example. You just gotta be creative and think. Do bodyworkouts, do yoga and all kinds of stretching. Lots of possibilities. If you don’t have access to a gym, you can workout anywhere.

I’m not gonna lie that I’m pretty bummed about gym closings too but what are ya gonna do, ya know? It’s only for a few weeks, I hope. When gyms get back open, I’m gonna get back to training real hard all Summer long.

Also, think of as gyms closing down as an opportunity to rest and heal. Your body and cns probably needs a little break and if you have injuries, it’s a good opportunity to heal all injuries too ’cause I know you’re probably hiding a few minor injuries, lol.

You don’t always need a gym to workout in. If you need your cardio, forget all those cardio machines in the gym… you can go for a walk outside and ride your bike. Walking outside and riding bike is not cancelled so go for it.

Kev

How I could keep getting chest gains and not lose my bench press numbers… a plan…

I usually don’t brag about my own body but I like what I see here. My chest looking pretty good and I’m finally starting to get that bodybuilder look that I want thanks to all that bench pressing that I’ve been doing ever since I started powerlifting.

Since Covid-19 aka the Chinese Virus shut down a lot of gyms in America especially NY State, I’m out of the gym for a couple of weeks. Now I gotta find ways to keep those chest gains and hopefully get even more. I got a couple of plans… do pushups, of course. I’ll do regular pushups and knuckle pushups. Do as many as I can for a couple of sets. If I want to do even heavier pushups, I’ll do pushups with a bookbag strapped on my back and load it up with heavy books if I want to do heavy 3 – 5 sets ’cause that’ll work. I won’t lose those heavy bench press gains that way. I’ll figure out a way to do chest dips somehow too.

I don’t have my dumbbell collection anymore ’cause I sold it in a yardsale but I’ll figure out ways to work out at home still.

I’ll figure out a way to keep gains on every other body part too. For squats, since I don’t have my own squat rack, I can still do bodyweight squats with heavy backpack. I’ll figure out a way to workout calves and hamstrings. Will figure out a way to do back workouts by doing pull ups somewhere.

I’ll figure out all of this stuff by educating myself through google. If your gym is closed then don’t worry about it… you can workout at home. You can workout anywhere. Be creative and think differently.

Kev

Upper left leg feeling much better, way better than it was before…

Thanks to physical therapy, the upper left leg injury is feeling better. Way better than it was before. I think I should still go back to light lower body lifting for a while longer just so I can make the physical therapist happy. I’m gonna go to physical therapy for about a month ’cause they want to strengthen a few things on my lower body. They’re noticing that my hips and glutes are pretty weak and that’s what they gotta strengthen.

I agree that my hips and glutes (or what they call the butt/ass) are pretty weak and I gotta strengthen those pretty badly. The P.T. gave me exercises and stretches for me to do at home everyday and I have been doing them everyday at home.

At the gym on leg day, I’ve also gotten back into doing the hip abductor machine which targets the hips & glutes. I’ve also gotten back into the glute ham raise and also started doing barbell hip thrusts again. I really gotta strengthen my glutes ’cause it would also help with my barbell squats and deadlifts. If you want to have bigger numbers in squats and deadlifts having strong hips and glutes would really help.

So I think I gotta do some lighter deadlifting for a little while, just light and high reps. I’ll get back into big deadlifting and squatting real soon.

I think I’m gonna get back into doing yoga classes too ’cause they recommended that I should get back into yoga. This Spring/Summer I’ll probably get back into yoga full time again ’cause I really need flexibility pretty badly. I’m not that flexible but working on it. I still do yoga stretches at home on my own.

I’m trying to get back into full-time powerlifting training. I’m doing heavy benching again, though ’cause I’m free of injuries in upper body.

Physical therapy is good. If you feel that your body is beat up or if you’re injured in some muscles anywhere, a physical therapist is recommended going to. They are way better than surgery anyway.

Anyhow, you all are probably wondering my thoughts on all this Corona Virus craze going on and I’ll have a blog post on that soon. Stay tuned.

Kev

Powerlifting may seem very dangerous and scary but not really… it’s actually the safest sport there is!

So some people are trying to understand the sport of powerlifting and there’s gonna be plenty of people will be misinformed about the “sport” for sure. Yes, powerlifting looks very dangerous and “scary” but like the title of the topic says, it’s actually the safest sport there is. It really is. I know how some of your friends and family would get scared of your heavy lifting all the time but many don’t understand that “heavy lifting” is the name of the game in “powerlifting”. I mean, they don’t call it “powerlifting” for no reason.

All that heavy lifting they do seems scary and dangerous but once you actually get into it, you would realize that it’s actually very safe and very easy. It can be safe and easy as long you know what you’re doing, lifting in good form and good technique. “Powerlifting” can only be dangerous if you’re getting injured frequently and lifting in terrible technique all the time. It can also be dangerous if you’re always maxing out without spotters. Be responsible in powerlifting and it can be very safe and very easy.

When I first got into powerlifting, I’ll admit that I was a bit scared and nervous first but once you do your first powerlifting meet, you’ll immediately realize how easy and safe it is. At a powerlifting meet, if you fail a lift and get in trouble… not too worry ’cause you’ll be surrounded by spotters anyway for each lift. The people at the meets will you make you feel safe competing. That’s their job.

During your training sessions during the off-seasons, it can be very safe training by yourself as long as you’re lifting weights that you can do and lifting in good form. You don’t need to go for 1 rep maxes each time you hit the gym and I made that mistake when I first started out in powerlifting.

During your strength training sessions, squatting by youreslf can be safe as long as you’re in a power/squat rack and the gym that I go to does have one. You don’t really need a spotter for deadlift at gyms ’cause it’s easy to get out of a failed deadlift by yourself. When you’re benching, it’s okay to bench by yourself as long as you don’t go to failure… when you go for a 1 rep max test on bench and not sure that’s when you need a spotter on bench. I mostly bench by myself at the gym but I do get spotters whenever I think I’m in absolute need of one.

People wanna criticize powerlifting all the time but I think the sport is amazing and so inspiring. I discovered powerlifting a few years ago ’cause I’ve got friends that are powerlifters and they were the ones who got me into it, really. Even though I’ve gotten into powerlifting, I still didn’t give up the bodybuilding either ’cause I do both. I want to get both strong and muscular so I got to continue to do bodybuilding training too. I love doing both.

Powerlifting is also a blast. I find it so much fun showing a live audience of what you can do and it’s such a blast watching and cheering on the other lifters too. It’s a blast watching all these people lifting the big weights. I’m not at the big weights yet but I do want to get there someday and don’t want to get too ahead of myself. That’s the key in powerlifting is patience. If you someday want to bench, deadlift and squat 500 lbs. or over, gotta be patient and be consistent. Powerlifting is very addicting ’cause it’s incredible seeing yourself getting stronger and stronger, it’s a great feeling. I can see why powerlifting has become such a popular sport right now. Powerlifting is getting huge and exploding. I’m surprised there isn’t live powerlifting on cable TV yet but there will be someday… for now you can stream live national powerlifting competitions online.

Powerlifting can be for anyone. Doesn’t matter the age. If you want to get into powerlifting, then do it. I suggest you all to try to it if you lift in the gym on a regular basis. Trying out your first powerlifting meet may sound scary and may get you nervous at first but you’ll find it a piece of cake.

I want to do another powerlifting meet this year. There is gonna be one at Albany Strength this month but I won’t be able to do it since I’m just getting over a minor leg injury and just getting back into full time training, I won’t have enough time to prep for it. I will do another powerlifting meet sometime this Summer for sure, though. I love doing them.

Kev

Minor leg injury is gone but still gonna go to physical therapy for a little bit…

So my minor upper left leg injury seems to be gone. I don’t seem to be feeling it anymore so I’m good enough to get back into lower body lifting. However; though, I’m not really a big fan of this P.T. I’ve been going to. It seems like he’s trying to get me to stop the powerlifting which I will never do. It wasn’t the powerlifting that caused it. I blame it on the leg press… not sure how… maybe I went a little too heavy on it, maybe bad form, etc. Probably bad form ’cause bad form usually causes people to get injured in the gym most of the time. I’m back to using the leg press in the gym but being more careful and going slightly lighter.

My PT thinks it’s the imbalancing of my legs is what’s causing the injury and big lifts is what’s causing it but I disagree. It is just a strain and I think that’s all it was. Just a “strain”. Well it’s gone now. Now the P.T. notices that my hips and glutes are a little weak and that’s one thing I agree with him on actually. So I’m gonna continue to go to P.T. for a little while to do exercises and stretches to strengthen the hips and glutes. My hips and glutes are pretty weak and already, I’m googling exercises to try and help strengthen those too. I’ve started getting back into glute ham raises at the gym and should I get back to the barbell hip thrust too? Thinking about it.

I really need to strengthen my glutes and hips ’cause honestly, that would really help with my deadlifting and barbell squats.

I will never give up powerlifting, though. It’s just a minor injury that wasn’t to be taken seriously and already, people are making a big deal about it. Trying to talk me out of powerlifting training which I will never do.

As long as I’m not feeling it anymore, I should be alright to get right back into my strength training. I’ve already had this week. I stop the powerlifting and heavy lifting on my own terms, not everyone else’s. Whatever it takes for them to keep me going to appointments so they can make more money, I guess… but I’ll continue to go to PT for a little while longer.

I got to work on my flexibility too ’cause I’m not that flexible. I’m thinking of going back to Yoga classes this Spring/Summer and I probably will.

I love powerlifting training. That I’ll never give up no matter what anyone says. I’m gonna keep doing my thing.

Kev

Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger the man himself speaks to the USAPL crowd at the Arnold Festival…

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man himself surprises powerlifting crowd at the USAPL meets at The Arnold Festival by making a special appearance. Guess he was there to help hype up the crowd and get the lifters all pumped up before they start lifting.

I know there has been stuff going on with the Arnold Festival over this Corona Virus stuff with the Arnold being partially cancelled over it and all that.

Now that I’m finally a USAPL member, I hope to one day compete at the Arnold and that’s the goal. One day I will compete for the major meets like the Arnold and the RAW Nationals and go pro. I’d love to win a gold medal someday (a real one) and that’s my dream. You can win actual gold through the USAPL which is awesome. Someday that will happen but I’m not gonna rush and take my time.

It would be cool for me to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger myself someday… while I don’t agree with his politics… I just respect the hell out of him ’cause he’s bodybuilding champion and I’m a fan of his movies.

Kev