Your Gym Is Closed! Now What?: Golf Gym, NYC

If you are reading this blog you are likely a golfer. And you want to play golf better.

You know you need to improve your fitness and the way you move in order to do that.

In the past, we would meet in the gym to do that. This is where fitness is done, right? It was until COVID-19. Now the gyms are closed and we don’t know when or if they will open again. So do you give up on your dream of playing golf better? 

The Good News

Golf courses in NY have been opening up (with restrictions of course) but you can play golf again. Yeah! Something to live for! 

It’s crazy out there!

We are in a new world, living a "quarantined life". Chances are you’ve been feeling the effects of isolation, both emotionally and physically and it’s tough to find the motivation to get back into the swing of things.

After months of social distancing, no strength training sessions in the gym, and more social media than you’d like to consume in a lifetime, you may be feeling a little off track. Who wouldn’t be!

It’s been two months now since the COVID-19 lockdown. Chances are you’ve been feeling the effects of isolation. I know I have…

The Problem 

You’re stuck at home. You don’t have access to the gym or gym equipment. You don’t know what to do. You have fallen off track. Your commitment to fitness has regressed.                                                                                   

      You eat more, move less. 

I have a question for you?

Are you as active as you used to be or as you’d like to be now that you are stuck at home?  Have you gotten stuck in the pattern of waiting for things to "get back to normal" to get back to your exercise routine again? Perhaps you’re slightly skeptical about whether or not you can get a great workout if you’re not in the gym.

Maybe some of your regular exercise routines aren’t so habitual anymore. Your gym workouts have been replaced by walks through the neighborhood and a walk to the refrigerator.

Why you lost mojo

Pre-pandemic, it was part of your routine to hit the gym en route to or from the office. Now that you work from home, the pull of work and family can easily derail you from your workout habits.  One of the best things to keep motivated is to stay in a routine. You take that away, you throw it for a loop, and it’s really hard to motivate on your own. 

It’s  easy to get off track when you are stuck in isolation and have other things going on in your life. I get it! I’m stuck in isolation too.

If your motivation to exercise during the pandemic is as elusive as a six-pack of toilet paper was in April, that’s not surprising — and you’re not alone. It’s totally fine and totally normal to have your motivation wane, but what are you going to do about it?

Reasons to stay active

While the pandemic may have drained some of your desire to work out, it’s also the reason you shouldn’t ditch your routine. Nothing is more important right now than your health. We need to take responsibility for our own physical and emotional well-being, and exercise is one of the best ways to do that.

You are either getting stronger or you’re getting weaker. We never stay the same! 

Exercise is an excellent tool for stress management. Done at the right intensity and the right frequency, it keeps your immune system functioning optimally. Yes, we know most people are still social distancing themselves and it’s way easier to just hit play on the next episode on Netflix than to actually stay committed, but it’s this type of technology that can make things a little easier to stay on top of your physical and mental health during such chaotic times. The good news is there’s plenty of ways to get moving at home and keep training! There’s a good chance you’ll find other tools that fit your specific fitness needs, so there’s never been a better time to try new things like fitness trackers and find new ways to stay motivated while training with me!

Staying focused on what’s important. Your health and wellbeing. Both physical and mental. 

 Let go of the past

I hate to say it, but I’m not going to candy-coat things here. We are living in a very uncertain time in terms of when brick and mortar facilities can open safely, if they will even be able to reopen and if they do will they be able to stay open and what will the rules and regulations be regarding capacity. And if they did, and if they could would you feel comfortable going back to them? Unless and until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, gyms will become museums of fitness. 

Don’t try to hang on to what was a few months ago. It is in the past and it’s not coming back. At least not anytime soon.

The Solution-Looking Forward 

Yes, the gym is closed and you fell off track, but that doesn’t mean throwing in the towel indefinitely! It’s been 2 months. Time to get into a training routine. I will provide you with all you need to know about online training and help you determine if it’s right for you.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what online training is and how it works. Let’s dive deep into everything you need to know about online training.

Online training is really the same as gym training but at a distance.

  • Coaching: unlike watching your favorite trainer do their own workout on Instagram or Facebook live, with online training you are working with a coach with real "face to face" communication while training. No cookie-cutter workouts can lead to injury and generally fail to get desired results.
  • Training technique: with a coach you are working with someone who has specific knowledge of you, your goals, needs, injuries you may have and they can tell you when you’re doing exercises correctly or incorrectly.
  • Custom Program Design: with a coach you’ll get 100% customized programming based on your goals, needs abilities and equipment you have access to.
  • Accountability & Support: With a coach, you’ll have a personal connection with a real human being (not a screen) that actually cares about you, your goals, your stress level, and how you are doing!
  • Nutrition & Recovery: Training with a coach online you’ll get tailored guidance to your needs and struggles, without all the generalization and stuff. 

Other Benefits of Online Training:

  • No commuting time. 
  • No crowded gym floors.
  • No loud and undesirable music.
  • No waiting to get into the locker room or shower. 
  • Freedom in scheduling. Less demand for prime-time early morning hours. 
Does On-Line Training Work? 
 
Here’s what one of my online clients has said: 

"Brett is a great golf fitness coach and has made a positive impact on my game. Through improved flexibility, core strength, and proper sequencing, my golf game has made quantum leaps. Most importantly, during this time of Shelter-in-Place having Brett available for coaching via FaceTime is invaluable."

__Thomas Hurlbrink

Brett’s Bottom Line: I don’t pretend to know how to navigate all the uncertainty that has come with this pandemic, I do know that I am still here and will continue to support you (in any way that I can).don’t know exactly what the future will look like but I do know it will never look like the past.  Let go of the past and accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be. Then we can have a really accurate conversation about how to move forward.

You can still get coached through during this time with challenging and effective workouts that leave you feeling confident and proud. And you can continue to get stronger every week.

To set up your FREE trial workout send me an email: info@nygolffitnessguru.com or give me a call (917) 596-8485. I look forward to helping you. Brett 

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