When the COVID-19 pandemic started, conventional gyms and workout studios were closed shortly thereafter, forcing people to move their training routines into their homes to comply with new regulations. The move has led to mixed results, with some being able to maintain just as much motivation and discipline to train at home while others face significant challenges.
Grand Master Jin Suh, a second-generation Taekwondo Master and the owner of High-Performance Martial Arts in Bayside, New York, explains some of the challenges that have been prevalent in training regimens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When studios were forced to close at the onset of the pandemic, it was initially difficult for many gyms and other businesses to manage and decide how to proceed. Some business owners decided to cease operations entirely and wait out the situation while others turned to different online platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube.
Camaraderie and Competition
In addition to the physical and mental health benefits provided through training, before lockdowns were issued, in-person training offered a sense of camaraderie and competition. People practicing martial arts in particular were able to physically be with their peers and opponents and connect on a level that allowed them to further hone and develop their skills.
Meeting in the gym or studio, you surround yourself with friends and teammates who lift your mood. Before the training, in the course of a quick breather and following the exercise, there is banter, conversation, and camaraderie. All of these aspects of a live workout are vital to one’s mental health and, unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a series of challenges for many in this regard.
A Dwindling Motivation
Based on these training obstacles and limitations, many people have experienced a deficiency in their motivation for fitness, Jin Suh says. Mental health issues are certainly playing a part in this because of the extent to which schedules and training rhythms have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A gym’s environment, with the equally prepared workout partners, strong competition, encouragement from fellow practitioners and the wealth of training options available is what brings out the athletic best in plenty of people. Home confinement and seclusion from others is problematic to anyone’s training schedule.
Jin Suh on Adapting to the Situation
The challenges that people have encountered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to physical training are multifaceted. However, thanks to technology, there are many ways to overcome these challenges and continue to progress with training at home. It is vital that anyone who has been deprived of in-person training adapt to the situation at hand. On the same vein, it is vital that businesses such as gyms and fitness studios learn to adapt to the constantly changing situation as well.