Can you transform your body during lockdown?
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At M10, we have a reputation for helping our clients achieve transformations they never thought possible. This isn’t simply a case of reducing calories and increasing output to bring their body fat to low levels, it’s about creating an environment, both internally and externally, that allows their physical progress to excel.
With that in mind, is it possible to create the same conditions in our current climate? Is it possible to transform your body during lockdown?
It’s important first of all, to define what a transformation is.
Most people will visualise the outcome of a transformation to be muscular and lean, reflective of someone in photoshoot or competition shape. We prefer to think that everyone has the potential for a transformation, and whilst that outcome may look different from person-to-person, all will see remarkable improvements in their physical shape and mental health.
Our clients only require a few things in order to yield a great transformation:
1. Progressive and Structured Training Programme
Whether you’re at home, a commercial gym or a CrossFit box, a training programme should have elements of progression that help you build or retain muscle tissue. The key to revealing a great body shape at the end of a transformation is to still train as if you’re building muscle, even when you’re dieting. This includes progressing strength, managing training volume and prioritising recovery from sessions.
Regardless of whether it’s with bands, dumbbells or just bodyweight, training at home can still provide effective workouts and stimulus for challenging a muscle, have you ever done a set of tempo Bulgarian Split Squats?!
2. Structured and Tracked Nutrition
Eating within a calorie deficit is the universal principle that leads to all great transformations, as it’s the underlying factor to fat loss.
As simple as this sounds, it can be surprisingly challenging to remain in a calorie deficit unless you choose an appropriate method that you can sustain for a number of weeks/months. It’s important then, to have a good set point with calories, food behaviours and a plan of action with where you want your nutrition to move.
Food behaviours can change based on the environment we find ourselves in, therefore it’s important to consider that the lockdown situation will be an easier environment for some to diet, and harder for others. It’s certainly a position where many can take control of their nutrition and capitalise on the free time that’s become available.
3. Consistent Positive Habits
Without adherence, even the best plan won’t amount to anything. Not just training and nutrition, but all positive habits need to be upheld for an elongated period of time to reach a body shape that once seemed impossible.
One of the most challenging aspects of transforming your body in lockdown will come from resistance to positive habits, from struggling to find a good sleep pattern, to having a poor work-life balance.
Thankfully, lockdown provides an opportunity to address these areas of habit, and find some consistency in them due to the lack of variation we currently face - groundhog days will give you the chance to fix your routine.
If you change your perception of lockdown, and what it provides, it quickly becomes apparent that it might actually be the ideal time for some to work towards a transformation.
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