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From the Archives: Coming Back After a Layoff

by Andy Baker, SSC | March 23, 2019

I’ve had a few conversations with clients at the gym regarding what to do after a long layoff from training.  This is definitely one of those issues that almost all of us face from time to time during the year.  How to restart a program and what weights to use after a layoff are inevitable concerns since I train real people with real jobs, families, and a whole host of obligations that sometimes force them to take time away from the gym. Some do a better job than others about staying committed to their training, but usually even the most committed of clients will miss a week or a month with injury, illness, vacation, or business related travel. It’s called Life, and it happens. But layoffs are something we can work around.

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