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Another COVID-19 "Gym's Closed Question" - Restarting Weight

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  • Another COVID-19 "Gym's Closed Question" - Restarting Weight

    Hey everybody,

    First off, I have to say thank you to the Barbell Medicine crew for creating awesome content and bringing much needed science-based information to the training world. I've improved tremendously in the month or so since I've started following your advice.

    That being said, I just started the Starting Strength novice progression on the 7th. The first week went great, I'm sure my form needs work in all lifts, but progress was made. Now, like many others, my gym has closed indefinitely (at least 2 weeks). I have bands, one 15lb kettlebell, and a pull up bar at home that I plan on using to keep moving - I'll be following some of Alan Thrall's routines and the advice Leah wrote in the newsletter, but my question is: if I keep moving using these routines, how much do you think I'll have to back off my lifts when I return to the gym in 2-4 weeks?

    For reference my weights at the end of last week were: 145 lbs squat, 100 lbs bench, and 205 lbs deadlift. I'm a healthy 29 y/o male who only complains about his rotator cuff tear when his wife asks him to do something he doesn't want to do.

    Thanks again!

  • #2
    Hi there,

    Welcome and thanks for the kind words. Glad you've found our content helpful.

    Regarding your question -- No one can predict this. Whenever you get back, you'll have to work up and find an appropriate weight for that day.
    IG / YT


    • #3
      Thanks Austin, that's about what I figured. Luckily, worst case scenario I only have a week to make up and two to four weeks to study form.

      Thanks again,