To the relief of many, gyms finally reopened earlier this month following an almost nine-month lay-off due to Covid-19 restrictions in place.
One of the gyms that are operating again is Davy Jones Fitness. Speaking to KCLR’s Sunday Scoreline, Ireland’s strongest man Davy Jones admitted that it was very difficult being closed for so long but is optimistic about the future for gyms across the country.
“It was hard being closed. We suffered big time due to Covid. I think gyms suffered a lot more than other businesses.
“We’re open now and that’s the main thing. Hopefully, we can move on and remain open,” said Jones.
Jones gave some advice to people who have returned to the gym after months of minimal or no training.
He said: “Getting back into the gym is the main thing. Don’t go too hard at it because you could get injured or demotivated.
“We all had bad habits over the last year, but the gym will allow us to get back on the right track.”
The strong man revealed that he was in the fortunate position of being able to continue his own personal training throughout the various lockdowns.
“I was able to maintain my own fitness throughout the lockdown. I had access to all of the equipment unlike a lot of people so I was in a very lucky position that I could do my normal training.”
Jones expertly explained why personal trainers can be incredibly useful for those who are seeking a healthier lifestyle.
“You just get better advice when you have a personal trainer. They show you how to train right, how to recover properly, and how to eat correctly. They have a lot of information, and they can pass it on to you.”