After another closure to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Lloyd Clubs have now opened indoor and outdoor facilities in England. Outdoor facilities are available in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and we plan to reopen indoors in Scotland on 26th April.

If going to the gym has always been an important part of your routine, adjusting to a new normal has no doubt been difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of creative—and effective—ways to help maintain (or rebuild) strength and stamina and generally stay on track with your fitness routine at home while you wait for gyms to reopen.

Try @home classes

If group fitness sessions were your favourite way to work up a sweat, then virtual classes can help fill that void. We’ve developed a wealth of @home content including on-demand workouts and new daily timetabled classes.

In addition to classes that range from holistic to high energy, the David Lloyd Clubs mobile app also features home workout tips, activity plans for the kids, advice from industry experts and tips for tennis, running, cycling and training that will help you work out smarter once you do start going to the Club again.  

Focus on the mind-muscle connection

The mind-muscle connection is a conscious and deliberate muscle contraction. By focusing on a specific muscle or muscle group, you’ll be better able to target every rep and increase your gains.

If you’re used to lifting heavy weights, using items around the house or your own bodyweight might not seem challenging enough. But, now might be the perfect time to shift your goals towards developing functional strength and perfecting your form, which will still help with muscle toning and strength. Instead of worrying about losing progress, try focusing on the mind-muscle connection and making sure you’re getting the most out of every workout—physically and mentally.

Try working on these exercises:

  • Squats
  • Push ups
  • Deadlifts
  • Lunges
  • Planks

If you want a real challenge, try Blaze @home, David Lloyd Clubs’ signature HIIT class which has been adapted for you to do at home with no weights. You’ll be surprised at the workout you can get from nothing but your own bodyweight and proper form.

Get creative with your at-home cardio

One great thing about cardio is there are plenty of options you can adapt to your preferences, energy level and limitations. The benefits of running include everything from stress relief to a healthier heart. If you need a cardio challenge to keep you motivated, try a running app that tracks your progress.

Getting outside every day for some fresh air and sunshine is extra important for your mental health, especially now. Whether you enjoy biking, walking or outdoor strength training, make sure to get outside and work up a sweat. If you’re missing the social aspect of running, join David Lloyd on Facebook for our DLrunclub. Knowing there are others out there sweating at the same time as you can do wonders for your motivation.

Stick to a routine

Just like you had a routine that included going to the gym, staying consistent with your workouts at home is the key to progress. Although your goals might look a little different, there’s nothing wrong with switching things up and trying something new. With a combination of flexibility, creativity and dedication, you can come up with an at-home fitness routine you love.  

Ready to get back to the gym? Find out more about how we’re adapting to keep our members safe during COVID-19.