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The Athlete Factory team has created a purpose built world class training facility on the outskirts of Chester in Cheshire. The site is being built at the historic Chester Rugby club which gives the Athlete Factory the access to 12 rugby pitches along with being on the commuter route of the north west. The facility has been designed with the AF teams knowledge and experience with elite teams and athletes so no stone has been left unturned to design this exceptional facility. The gym design has been aided by our partner and leading gym manufacturers MFitness who have developed gyms for global gym companies, colleges and professional teams throughout the world. The combined expertise in creating the right elite environment has been essential to developing this purpose built facility that will be open to all. The facility will be equipped with world class training equipment, changing rooms, nutrition bar, Watt Bike studio and a Cryo Therapy Chamber that will be the first of its kind in the UK. We have created a unique training facility that has all you need to get results.
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The Athlete Factory Chester7 hours ago
1 more day to go 💪🏼

The last few months we’ve all had the resistance bands and dumbbells sets out once again as we returned to home workouts.
But the end is now in sight with gyms opening in just a 1 more days 🙏🏼 And whilst this is very exciting, it will take a bit of patience to follow the process getting back into the swing of things and finding a good flow to your routine once again.

So, if you’re a bit nervous about how you’re going to get yourself back into a routine and back to where you was pre lockdown,here are a few tips to get you on the right track.

😝1. Be excited and get your motivation back

You need to get some motivation back because these last few months mat have sapper your motivation once again after just getting it back. Motivation will be the main driver behind restarting your routine, so here are a couple of ideas to get your mojo back:

✍🏻Make a checklist of gym exercises you want to get your target weight/sets / reps on or get back too
👀Visualise your new goals
Remember you will progress quicker now than before ( muscle memory)
💪🏼Less thinking, more doing

🤔2. Choose a new routine

Getting on a new programme will be perfect for restarting your gym routine post-lockdown. This is the perfect time to start from fresh, so you can hone in on the weak-spots and come back stronger than before.

Have a think about what you want to achieve too, so you can work towards reaching your goals. For building muscle and strength, fat loss 2-3 times a week resistance training is always a solid choice (especially since our full bodies probably need it right now)

Even if it’s not a new routine or programme, at least choose something you enjoy and feel comfortable doing. Then for your first session just play it by ear , get a feel for training again

Looking for a programme to guide your re-build? Get in touch : email :

💪🏼3. See where you’re at in your first session

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for your first time back. Just go into your first gym session as an experiment to find out how much strength and endurance you have lost over lockdown.

Even if you have been keeping up with your home workouts, chances are there are some exercises you might not be quite as good at. Don’t worry too much about it though, it will come back very quickly

After your first gym session is out the way, you can start setting some new PBs and will have found some areas for improvement.

🧐4. Set new goals

Once you know where you’re at with your current Strength/fitness level, set some new goals. Need some help , speak to one of our coaches, who will be glad to help you or give you some advice / tips

Lost your strength on the bench? Set a goal of reaching X weight by Y time. Don’t make it unattainable like trying to reach your previous lifts by the end of the week, but make it an achievable fitness goal that you want to build up to.

⛽️5. Get prepped with some protein

Think about what you need to make the most out of your workouts and what you need to recover too. Whether it’s pre-workout( this could be a coffee or just a small snack ) to get you through, or protein to build on those gains, make sure you’re prepared.

🔥6. Be consistent

This is key and probably the most valuble tip :the importance of consistency. How often do you want to go back to the gym per week? It doesn’t need to be the same frequency as before — you can blend your home workouts with your gym ones.

Still write down how much you want to be back at the gym (and a reduced amount is probably a good idea) and remember to be consistent with whatever you do. With some consistency, you’ll be back to your old gym-self in no time.

👍🏻7. Stay safe

There is no point in starting your workouts if you end up getting yourself or others sick, so make sure to use your common sense when you’re out there while staying safe and having fun.

That means if you or someone you live with feels ill, it’s probably better to stay home. We don’t want our gyms to close again.

Staying safe also applies to preventing injury. Remember that you’re probably not going to be able to lift as heavy as you did this time last year. The worst thing you can do is have to take another few months off for injury, so play it safe and gradually you’ll get back to where you were.

🤷🏼‍♂️Still all sound a bit daunting? Need more help and guidance with any of the above consider hiring a coach to help guide / motivate you every step of the way ?
: email : for more information on memberships and Personal training options

☝🏼Take Home Message

Restarting your gym routine after lockdown might be hard, but remember to be consistent, patient and, most importantly, safe and sensible. We can’t wait to get lifting heavy again.

How are you feeling about heading back to the gym?

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2 weeks ago
Reopening coming very soon!

Interested in membership add your name to our waiting list by emailing: matt

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The gyms office is open between the hours of 9:30am and 6pm. Call: 01244 261 368 or email:

We are accepting a limited number of new members please email us to register your interest.

Due to current restrictions we are currently operating a members only booking system. We are not accepting any PAYG visits all visits to the gym must be by appointment only. This is to protect our members and staff. If you need any help booking in to the gym please feel free to get in touch.