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    So glad i have my own home gym setup, didn't anticipate this but I’ve never like gyms for weights, I want it done and hate waiting around.

    Working and training from home hopefully forever as my boss is considering making it permanent.
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    Tom,

    For some serious advice, just do pin presses, if the gym has a power rack there. It's just as good as benching, as long as your not training for a power meet, I don't think you'll miss out on much just doing them.
    The gym is huge and has 3, but because I train (weekdays) 06:00 in the door as it opens I'm there with the serious-face crowd, you know the people with little notebooks and pencils who don't smile much and they all squat. In fact I organise my workout on the basis of if/when I can get near a rack (sometimes squat done last due to waiting for a rack). There just aren't enough racks to pin press, that would be really antisocial, might get in arguments. All the big commercial gyms I've been to are like that. They love people who go to spinning classes, pilates, Les mills (or whatever) and don't like people that squat press deadlift, those people aren't the right crowd, they wear scruffy gym clothes and definitely they're not the "cool kids". Although I dress scruffily, I'm a misfit even with the serious-face crowd because I smile sometimes.
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    They finally opened my gym for a second time today... But only because half of the gym is outside.

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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    The gym is huge and has 3, but because I train (weekdays) 06:00 in the door as it opens I'm there with the serious-face crowd, you know the people with little notebooks and pencils who don't smile much and they all squat. In fact I organise my workout on the basis of if/when I can get near a rack (sometimes squat done last due to waiting for a rack). There just aren't enough racks to pin press, that would be really antisocial, might get in arguments. All the big commercial gyms I've been to are like that. They love people who go to spinning classes, pilates, Les mills (or whatever) and don't like people that squat press deadlift, those people aren't the right crowd, they wear scruffy gym clothes and definitely they're not the "cool kids". Although I dress scruffily, I'm a misfit even with the serious-face crowd because I smile sometimes.
    Gosh, I honestly don’t know what you mean because I’ve not set foot in a big commercial gym in many years.

    In our little strength studio we have one bench literally a bench if someone wants to do benches they gotta take that bench over to the power rack, and some folks have, there is always someone wiling to spot also whether the owner or a trainer.
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    In England, things are calming down a bit. Still all sorts of Covid procedures but last time I went to the gym they had stopped taking temperature of everyone entering the building. One small step closer to normality..
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    My work gym just opened. No changing rooms, 2 showers which you have to clean before and after. Booking system 1 day at a time, can only train for 1 hour.

    Forget that, I'm happy running a powerlifting routine at home. No waiting for equipment (not even sure if sharing would be allowed), no time limit (my sessions seem to last around 1.5 hours ATM).
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    My gym has been open for a while now - 1.5 hour slots. Seems to be working ok, just means you have to make a rush for the squat rack as there's only one which is a pia. Squats as the last leg exercise suck.
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    Originally Posted by Richy P View Post
    ...you have to make a rush for the squat rack... Squats as the last leg exercise suck.
    Yeah, last night I didn't get any squats and a couple of workouts before I did them last. It's a pain!
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    NOOOOOO!!!! There's talk there might be a local lockdown where I live. If that goes ahead that would make it illegal for me to go to the gym.

    Not again!
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    NOOOOOO!!!! There's talk there might be a local lockdown where I live. If that goes ahead that would make it illegal for me to go to the gym.

    Not again!
    Things don't look to good at the moment, even here in rural Wales the numbers are rising daily, several areas in the South Wales valleys are either in lock down or being monitored very closely.

    Over the years I've invested a lot of money in my home gym, like "The Spanish Inquisition"", no one expected covid 19, ironically, much to my good ladies chagrin, my home gym turned out to be a good investment after all.
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    I wish I had a home gym, even just a barbell, plates, rack (with pullups handles) and a bench in my back yard. Wouldn't need anything else, would probably want other things but wouldn't need them. Your gym was a really really good decision!
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    Since they've started restricting things such as restaurants/bars opening hours and service again - I wouldn't at all be surprised if gyms end up getting restricted or closed down again. It's not looking good here

    Edit: only 18 days ago I made a post (above) that things were calming down here. Not the case!
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    Nobody was allowed in the gym (by gym management) this morning unless they had installed "NHS Covid-19" on phone (track and trace) app and scanned the location QR code.

    I'm just happy the gym is open
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    Nobody was allowed in the gym (by gym management) this morning unless they had installed "NHS Covid-19" on phone (track and trace) app and scanned the location QR code.

    I'm just happy the gym is open
    Nothings changed a the two gyms I use, they have the QR Code at the entrance but they aren't asking people to scan as they enter (YET).

    I don't think small independent gyms will survive another lockdown, I have everything crossed it doesn't happen.
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    Nobody was allowed in the gym (by gym management) this morning unless they had installed "NHS Covid-19" on phone (track and trace) app and scanned the location QR code.

    I'm just happy the gym is open
    We installed our QR code poster in our Powerlifting/Weightlifting club on Thursday, on Friday we were ordered by the local authority to cut the gym's capacity by 50%, 8 people training, instead of 16.

    To think before covid there were times when 60+ lifters were in the gym on a busy session, it seems inevitable that we will be forced to temporarily close the club down again.
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