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Returning to Your Workouts Post-COVID


Written by: Diana Del Garbino, CEO of Muscles in Motion.

July 1 is the beginning of our second month of returning to the studio at Muscles In Motion, after the Covid-19 mandatory shutdown. We perfected our post-quarantine workouts to account for the prolonged absence of routine, lack of activity and most importantly to ensure a safe return.

For me, June 1, marked the first time I would use the weights again since my last workout on December 24th, 2019. Yes you read that right, Christmas Eve 2019. I’ve been in the hospital 4 times and had two surgeries, so there was only recovery time allowed during the closure. My return to the gym was harder than I first realized…

I was down about 23% of my workout weights in December. That might not sound like a lot, but what it looks like in real life is:

  • not being able to get up off the floor using just my legs.
  • not being able to push myself away from the table because my arms were too weak.
  • not being able to walk down the stairs without holding on to the rail because I felt like my legs would give out.
  • being tired after a long walk.

These are things that impacted my life and affected my confidence. The lack of confidence in my body left me feeling unable to go to the store because I wasn’t sure I could carry what I needed, that I wouldn’t have the stamina to work a full day, and that I was afraid if I walked too far I wouldn’t be able to make it back. 

I know this is much more intense than losing the ability to workout at the gym during the shutdown but I’m hoping you can see the relation between the two. I have experienced first-hand how intimidating it can be to return to working out and lifting weights after so much time away. I will say, it honestly is not nearly as painful as losing the ability and confidence to do the simple daily activities I once took for granted.

I want to guide you through this uneasy time with a couple of simple steps that I believe will help you regain your strength and confidence-

Go slow. This is the most important thing I can emphasize for returning to your workout after you haven’t done much during the closure. Here is what I mean by going slow: 

1. Move slowly through the exercise. At MIM we use High Intensity Training as our basis for safety and muscle hypertrophy (muscle building). This is an important component due to your muscles beginning to atrophy. Atrophy is a gradual decline in effectiveness or vigor due to underuse of muscle tissue.

By moving slowly during the exercise we limit the speed of movement so there is greater recruitment of the muscle tissue fibers. Moving slowly removes a lot of the momentum in the exercise so there is less time where the muscle is NOT under tension. This keeps the muscle working at a greater contraction rate.

It’s very easy to want to jump back in and start where you left off. This can be both dangerous and painful. Depending on how much sitting, sleeping or eating you did. Now, don’t think once you’ve lost it you can’t bring it back! The good news is that once you’ve had that muscle, it’s going to come back fairly quickly. 

Your trainer will know how to adjust your weights appropriately to account for any muscle loss during your time away, but make sure you’re talking with them and letting them know if it feels too light or too heavy so they can dial it in just right. 

2. Stop after you feel the burning sensation in said muscle group. Use this technique for the first couple of weeks to minimize soreness, and allow your body to adjust back into your workout. Don’t worry, you’ll be working plenty hard but remember we want to workout SMARTER not always HARDER. And you will always want to avoid an injury. 

Take your time increasing the weights. We use Time Under Load programming to determine when the weights need to increase. Once you’ve hit or exceeded the set time frame we’re looking for we will increase anywhere from 4-15% depending on the exercise. Smaller muscle groups will have a smaller increase compared to larger muscle groups. 

Don’t forget:

  • A POST workout snack- 20 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fat is plenty for recovery.
  • Drink HALF your body weight in ounces of water per day.
  • Get plenty of rest! Remember we all went from not doing a lot to doing more, so rest is going to be even more important to focus on as we get back to being more active. 

Working out isn’t just about looking good. It’s about so much more in your day-to-day tasks, how you feel about yourself and what choices you make. I know I am making the decision to use my time to build myself to be stronger so I can feel confident in my body.

Virtual Training is the solution!

The studio may be closed but we are still here to support you,

•Ensuring proper form
•Specifically designed workouts to utilize your space & equipment (if any)
•Challenging orders & techniques

Make the most of your workouts during this Shelter in Place order, don’t let it stop you from feeling your best and maintaining your routine!

Click the link in the below to schedule a 1-on-1 Virtual session!

Schedule now!


The sessions at Muscles in Motion are designed around a scientific-based approach to exercise. The research shows that 2-3 thirty minute workouts per week will change your body’s composition (muscle vs fat) and give you a better quality of life.

Join us for this seminar on Body Composition to learn about the importance of a healthy muscle vs fat ratio. Get true answers to your health and fitness questions from the professionals at Muscles in Motion. Lastly, find out how to join the Fire-Up Your Fitness program starting in October to begin applying the information from the seminar to your everyday life!

CALL: 503.699.6948 to reserve your space!


Come join us for an action packed class on the importance of exercise and nutrition as Life Changing Dinners partners with Muscles in Motion Strength Coach Corrado Pitari and Chef Sonja Andersen.

Essentials of Exercise and how Body Composition plays a key role
How to increase lean muscle and lose significant body fat
How to keep your diet healthy and what to eat
Easy Pre and Post Workout Recipes, what to eat and when to eat!
Learn about the Body Composition Challenge and cooking classes for October!

Quinoa One Pot Meal, Crave your Crunch Salad, Avocado Hero Dip & Purple Pie!

Check out Life Changing Dinners


Increase lean muscle and lose significant body fat in the Body Comp Challenge.

The goal of the Body Comp Challenge is to challenge ourselves to improve our body composition and quantify our progress in an intelligent manner; rather than weighing oneself on a scale (which doesn’t measure fat loss, just weight loss).

The Program Includes:
•Muscles in Motion welcome package
•Two 30-minute goal-setting consultations. Each consult includes body composition analysis and positive approach to exercise.
•1:1 training with an Educated Professional Trainer
•Weekly 30-minute specific exercise prescriptions.
•Online Trainer Talks
•Raffle prizes, local discounts and more!


MIM Seminar Series










Integrity, Commitment and Accountability

Benefits of day-to-day living when following a steady resistance exercise prescription, the impact of falling away from the prescription, and tips on ways to maintain accountability to that routine during busy times.

Speakers: Patrick Long & Logan Tyson
Saturday November 10th @ 1pm.











Come on out for a Night of Indulgence!

Thursday November 8th from 6pm-8:30pm at The Upper Cervical Clinic- 7180 SW Fir Loop Suite 250, Portland, Oregon 97223


The Upper Cervical Clinic, LLC will be hosting this event bringing local health, retail, and service professionals together for fun, mingling and indulging!

>>Snacks, Shopping, Wine and Raffle prizes<<


Diana Del Garbino, CEO and OWNER of Muscles in Motion will be at the Muscles in Motion booth sharing information and offering FREE workouts to those attending the event.

This is a night to TREAT YOURSELF, Ladies!
Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming and how many guests you’ll be bringing.

•Free massages
•Hair, Skin, and Fitness vendors
•Jewelry shopping
•Clothing, Fashion, & Photography vendors
•Apps, Chocolate, and Wine
• Free consultations and demos
• Raffle prizes every 15 minutes

We hope to see you there!

MIM Halloween Costume Contest












MIM Halloween Costume Contest was a BIG success last year, let’s see what you come up with this year! 🙂

We dare you to dress spookier then PATRICK! (if you can)

Wednesday October 31, 2018 6am-7pm