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Suspending Bulk During Coronavirus

dpr73dpr73 Posts: 484Member Member Posts: 484Member Member
Good morning,
I have been bulking for about two months and am gaining at a good rate and making nice strength gains as well. However, with the new coronavirus restrictions there’s a good chance gyms will close soon. If my lifting regimen is put on hold from this change, I know that I can still stay active with running and other cardio activities. However, I think that I will have to suspend my bulk because I will not have access to weights. What is everyone else’s approach with the change in lifestyle?

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  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,934Member Member Posts: 8,934Member Member
    I would probably do the same if I was bulking and used a commercial gym. Just try your best to maintain, keep active, incorporate some bodyweight stuff.
    My goals haven't changed as I workout at home. The kids are home from school so just have to work around their schedule.

    Good luck!
  • jdscrubs32jdscrubs32 Posts: 490Member Member Posts: 490Member Member
    dpr73 wrote: »
    Good morning,
    I have been bulking for about two months and am gaining at a good rate and making nice strength gains as well. However, with the new coronavirus restrictions there’s a good chance gyms will close soon. If my lifting regimen is put on hold from this change, I know that I can still stay active with running and other cardio activities. However, I think that I will have to suspend my bulk because I will not have access to weights. What is everyone else’s approach with the change in lifestyle?

    I am thinking of doing the exact same. Always good to be flexible in time likes these. As @sardelsa said I'm going to do a lot more bodyweight stuff. Also more Pilates and/or Yoga. Namaste.
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Posts: 554Member Member Posts: 554Member Member
    Gym still open in the uk atm anyway. I’ll stop bulking when it closes. Unless someone can lend me their home gym. I live in Greenwich, london.
  • Talan79Talan79 Posts: 615Member Member Posts: 615Member Member
    I’m in the state of Maryland and the state has ordered all gyms and restaurants to close by 5pm today.
    A staff member of my gym confirmed that they had a hard time obtaining cleaning supplies bc of the mass hoarding.
  • alexmosealexmose Posts: 263Member Member Posts: 263Member Member
    Doing the same
  • Sand_TIgerSand_TIger Posts: 126Member Member Posts: 126Member Member
    I'm stayin' home too - I don't have quite all the equipment at home but I'm going to try to let this enforced inactivity be a reason to remind myself that exercise helps with stress relief.

  • rheddmobilerheddmobile Posts: 5,130Member Member Posts: 5,130Member Member
    I had been working out at home even before the Coronavirus due to the bad flu season. There are a couple of lifts which I can’t do as easily with my equipment - for example at the gym I use the Smith machine for hip thrusts - and I need to buy more weights before I can progress on my deadlifts. But otherwise I’m set.

    It’s probably a good idea to try to do as much strength at home as you can, because there’s a fairly quick drop off in strength if you stop completely. Apart from bodyweight you can use heavy objects, and make light weights count for more by swapping up your lifts - a goblet squat holding something heavy as opposed to a back squat, for example.
  • dpr73dpr73 Posts: 484Member Member Posts: 484Member Member
    I had been working out at home even before the Coronavirus due to the bad flu season. There are a couple of lifts which I can’t do as easily with my equipment - for example at the gym I use the Smith machine for hip thrusts - and I need to buy more weights before I can progress on my deadlifts. But otherwise I’m set.

    It’s probably a good idea to try to do as much strength at home as you can, because there’s a fairly quick drop off in strength if you stop completely. Apart from bodyweight you can use heavy objects, and make light weights count for more by swapping up your lifts - a goblet squat holding something heavy as opposed to a back squat, for example.
    So what kind of objects do you suggest? Also, what nutrition should I follow then?
  • rheddmobilerheddmobile Posts: 5,130Member Member Posts: 5,130Member Member
    Water is heavy, so if you have something like an empty milk carton that’s a good home made weight. If you have two gallon jugs and a broom you can make a barbell!
  • Khartman6Khartman6 Posts: 31Member Member Posts: 31Member Member
    Are you looking for an excuse to come off your bulk? Not being an *kitten*, asking becuase there are plenty of excercises that can be done at home with body weight, or a couple dumbells, that will get you by for a couple weeks if worse come to worse. If your ready to come off your bulk, do it, don't search for a reason. If you want to continue, find a way to make it work. Don't let some silly, overhyped virus, stand in your way of meeting your goals.
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Posts: 849Member Member Posts: 849Member Member
    Water is heavy, so if you have something like an empty milk carton that’s a good home made weight. If you have two gallon jugs and a broom you can make a barbell!

    That makes 20 pounds. Sure can be used for weight work for a deconditioned individual most likely not enough for someone who is bulking.
  • dpr73dpr73 Posts: 484Member Member Posts: 484Member Member
    Khartman6 wrote: »
    Are you looking for an excuse to come off your bulk? Not being an *kitten*, asking becuase there are plenty of excercises that can be done at home with body weight, or a couple dumbells, that will get you by for a couple weeks if worse come to worse. If your ready to come off your bulk, do it, don't search for a reason. If you want to continue, find a way to make it work. Don't let some silly, overhyped virus, stand in your way of meeting your goals.
    Khartman6 wrote: »
    Are you looking for an excuse to come off your bulk? Not being an *kitten*, asking becuase there are plenty of excercises that can be done at home with body weight, or a couple dumbells, that will get you by for a couple weeks if worse come to worse. If your ready to come off your bulk, do it, don't search for a reason. If you want to continue, find a way to make it work. Don't let some silly, overhyped virus, stand in your way of meeting your goals.

    No but how does one maximize results when they have no access to heavy weights to partake in progressive overload? All gyms in my city have now closed.
  • rheddmobilerheddmobile Posts: 5,130Member Member Posts: 5,130Member Member
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    Water is heavy, so if you have something like an empty milk carton that’s a good home made weight. If you have two gallon jugs and a broom you can make a barbell!

    That makes 20 pounds. Sure can be used for weight work for a deconditioned individual most likely not enough for someone who is bulking.

    Yeah, I think stopping the bulk sounds like a good plan. But you do what you can in the meantime so as not to lose too much ground. Have your roomie stack weights on your back while you do push-ups. Whatever works!

  • TedebearduffTedebearduff Posts: 1,141Member Member Posts: 1,141Member Member
    Not relevant to bulking but regarding the question to no more gyms and being unable to train. I've reduced calories further as I will not have that caloric burn daily anymore and am more dialed in on diet until training can start again.
  • __Di____Di__ Posts: 1,637Member Member Posts: 1,637Member Member
    Our gym has had to close too, we are on total lockdown here, I can't even go out to do my running. The best I can do, at the moment, is Callenetics to a DVD which ironically, I had purchased several months ago. I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy Callentics, so at least that is one positive thing. I also am having to remember that not being able to do my running or weights, I cannot eat what I was before. Not unless I want to end up the size of a horse lol.
  • ChieflrgChieflrg Posts: 8,189Member Member Posts: 8,189Member Member
    If my gym shuts down I'll just adjust my programming slightly and will use other gyms or exercise selections.

    My life style hasn't changed as I have a couple of the health conditions that are a red flag. I have taken the same precautions for over a decade so nothing new to extend life.
    edited March 18
  • claireychn074claireychn074 Posts: 239Member, Premium Member Posts: 239Member, Premium Member
    I panic-bought bumper plates and a squat rack, and I’m now working out how to temporarily cover part of my patio to have an outside gym. Most other people in the UK are panic buying loo roll but I wanted to be different 😀
  • Abs_magee89Abs_magee89 Posts: 108Member Member Posts: 108Member Member
    My gym is still open because its privately owned and the owner is stubborn. I only have two weeks left of my mini bulk so I'm staying the course as long as I can while I wait for my adjustable dumbells come get delivered next week. Really wish I had a squat rack at home. But I'm kind of excited to get creative.
  • AnucuTarrokAnucuTarrok Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    If gyms are closed in your area and you have no equipment at home bulking is useless reduce calorie intake to a maintenance lvl and and hit cardio and body weight exercises.

    So far most gyms in the uk havnt closed so im still bulking i have some ways to maintain bulking at home but might consider not bulking till the uk lockdown is over if gyms close in my area of the uk
  • jm_1234jm_1234 Posts: 147Member Member Posts: 147Member Member
    In the US and all gyms closed in my state. I just ended a cut, was 3 weeks into maintenance and starting a bulk.

    I'm planning on creating an at home workout plan and buying dumbbells if I can find them. I probably won't bulk because I don't think I'll be able to get a good enough workout. If I can't find weights then it's just maintenance with really slow and/or high rep body weight exercises.
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