In the past couple of weeks, humanity has experienced major changes in their daily lives due to the impact of COVID-19. Students have had to make the switch to online classes, restaurants are only allowed to perform take out orders, those who can are working remotely from home; no one’s daily life is the same as it was one month ago.
Going to the gym is another activity put on hold for the time being. However, during these times of social distancing, our students have gotten creative with ways to stay active mentally and physically during self-isolation.
Two Florida State University students, both active in the Campus Recreation community, showed us what their home gym setups looked like and have sparked a new way to look at home fitness.
They shared with us some of the materials they used to create these workout spaces, including: plywood, cinder blocks, sandbags, buckets, and even some blankets.
Supplies were gathered, old barbells were dusted off, and weight was created with anything possible: whether it was tying dumbbells to the barbell, or filling flat planters with pebbles, there are ways for gains to be made during quarantine.
Mike Zastawney, who works at Campus Recreation and has been a nationally certified trainer for a year and a half, sent us some pictures and explained a little bit about how he created this setup with his brother and his dad:
“The construction is essentially a single sheet of 4x8ft sheet of ¾in plywood, cut into 2x4ft sheets for the bases of the racks.”
Zastawney shared inspo with us: “Take this time to explore a new workout style, get creative with different movements, or even try to build a makeshift home gym like I did. There are many reputable sources online to help you get a jumpstart into home workouts.”
“Using home objects for weight, bodyweight workouts, running around your local park and knocking out some push-ups/jump squats along the way, and, last but not least, tuning into online Group Fitness sessions coached by FSU Campus Recreation’s certified personal trainers are just a couple of things out of a multitude of others to get you up and moving,” Zastawney added as examples.
Evan Woodard, a certified personal trainer at Campus Recreation, also shared his home setup.
“The padding is made out of ¾in plywood, foam, and fabric from Walmart. The squat rack is just wood glue, screws, 2 buckets, and one 60lb bag of concrete.”
Woodard has been a certified personal trainer for four months and shared that bands can be used to replace many dumbbell and machine exercises. He also emphasized that staying active helps create a daily routine to maintain during and after quarantine.
“If you stop now, it will be hard to get back into things when everything starts going back to normal.” Staying active helps keep the motivation and commitment alive!
With just a yoga mat or a towel many exercises can be done, including our live Group Fitness classes. Campus Recreation is offering resources and remote programming during our time apart. Just because we are not together in-person, doesn’t mean we can’t be connected! No matter where you are, we hope you’re doing well during this time and continue to #FindWhatMovesYou, remotely.
Find group fitness classes, live forums, and more online at campusrec.fsu.edu/active-anywhere.