It’s been a while, approximately 6 months but we’re back! We’re so happy to have opened our doors again to our existing and new members. Whether you’re new to the gym or have been training for years, these tips are important to consider when you first return to the gym.
Don’t rush into it!
It will be very easy to think you can lift as much weight as you could before lockdowns or run for as long, but this won’t be the case. One of our Duty Managers, Dom, says “take it steady, don’t worry about the weight you’re lifting or how far you can go”. We suggest easing yourself into your first few sessions, maybe lifting only 50% of what you were doing previously. Start lighter and work your way back up. This will help avoid injuries (which you do not want after half a year away from the gym!) and will reduce the risk of fatigue.
Focus on Form
Form and technique are extremely important when working on your strength training and if you get it wrong, it can cause a lot of problems in the long term. Take the time to perfect these, you’ll thank yourself later. If you’re not sure if you are doing it correctly, ask a member of the team to help you, that’s what they are there for! If you do want to video yourself when using any of the equipment, it is your responsibility to ensure no one else is in the shot. If this unavoidable, please check with the people around you or do not record at all.
With everything that has gone on in the last year, we appreciate you might be a bit nervous to come back to the gym. Leon, a new member of the team, has been working tirelessly to ensure the gym is ready for the return of our members. He says “we are adhering to all the regulations in place and going the extra mile to ensure this is the case. Machines have been moved so people can carry on social distancing even when working out and in between sessions, the team and I will be cleaning every piece of equipment ready for the next set of members”. We are also limiting numbers allowed into the gym so pick one of the quieter times (early mornings are usually a good idea) so there will be less people in the gym. Finally, if you are concerned about anything, let a member of the team aware and they will try help you where possible.
At the moment we’re asking everyone to prebook sessions for us to ensure that there are not too many people in one facility at a time. We’ve introduced a new app where you can book your gym and swim sessions, classes and search for other facilities available to you. Download our new app that can be found on the App Store and Play Store, just search for “Swansea Bay Sports Park”. Need to see the Bay Campus gym times and classes? Make sure you add the location to the “My Clubs” area.
Other tips include, getting your gym bag ready the night before, especially when training in the morning to avoid the panicked “where is my other trainer?!” moment. We also suggest planning what you are going to do in that session or even for the week. This means you can make the most of your time in the gym and not have to think about what’s coming next. Jot it down in a notebook or on your phone and you can also use these to help you track your progression.
Okay, this is cliché but it’s only right we include it! We want everyone to enjoy exercising, whether you love getting onto an exercise bike or lifting weights, or even taking part in a yoga session. We want to make sure it’s a safe and enjoyable place for you to visit so if you have any questions or issues, please let a member of our team know!