Quarantine life has sent all of us home to figure out how to stay fit and healthy there. And if you’re used to training in a gym with coaches, friends, and plenty of equipment, this can be an incredibly difficult transition. We’ve reached out to the fitness community to feature athletes and their home gyms to learn how they’re staying fit even in isolation.

Rudy Postigo is a long-time athlete, plus a trainer and health coach. He shared with us how he’s going about training in his garage gym and even offers up programming advice on his Instagram page.

TWL x Rudy: Finding Variety in Training

What’s your sport of choice?

I currently do more of a strength and conditioning program from Power Athlete and incorporate other training modalities from WeckMethod, TRX, Sandbag, and battle training programs into my training. I’m currently coming up with a training program that can be transferred into my new sport of choice, Jiu-Jitsu.

(Shout-out to Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu, where Rudy trains! Check them out on Instagram.)

Describe your home gym. What kind of equipment do you have?

My home gym is set up to train clients with full weight set-ups, kettlebells, a full dumbbell rack, rower, Assault bike, battles ropes, slam balls, sandbags, kettlebells, and my favorite piece of equipment…my Jiu-Jitsu mats!

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Before this whole quarantine started I was already training alone in my garage. I’m fortunate enough to have a fully functional gym to train myself and clients (now virtually) … I’m currently on the “Lean & Able” programing provided by @powerathletehq. I’m a fan of this style of programming more so because it’s impactful, challenges posture & position through all planes of motions and I’m done in under 40-45 mins (this is what works for ME).. … In slide #2 found my other passion which is #jiujitsu @cobrakaibjj . Ive been practicing for about 7 months. During this last month I’ve been practicing solo drills and experimenting with movements that transfer over to Jiu-Jitsu. Hopefully this time being at home pays off when I hit the mats again 🤙 … Stay motivated and GET SOME … If you have any questions on what style of training you’d like to do hit me up.

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Has your training changed since all of the gyms closed? If so, how?

The only part of my training that has changed is that I’m unable to train Jiu-Jitsu with a partner. I still train 4-5 days a week and incorporate solo Jiu-Jitsu training drills with a dummy.

Are you mostly training alone? If so, how does this compare to training in a gym/in class?

I mostly trained alone before this pandemic, more so because I have no excuse not to train. I’m not training to compete with anyone else. I’m training to stay healthy and be in the best shape I can be.

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I’ve been training #jiujitsu for close to five months now and I’m completely hooked. I’ve started testing out a strength and conditioning program that mimics movements patterns when training to increase my stamina and endurance.. … I attend classes about 4-5 times a week and going to start limiting my strength training to 3 days a week.. … Why only 3 days Rudy?. … Well, when training with a partner you’re moving, pressing, pushing, and pulling your partners bodyweight at 80% – 100% effort anywhere between 5 – 10 mins NON-STOP. Needless to say I’m spent after 4-6 rounds and pass the FUCK out when I get home.. … I don’t want to overtrain and keeping my strength days to a minimum of 30-40 mins.. … Here’s my Tuesday upper body circuit: EMOM FOR 15 MINS :40on / :20off – BOSU Plyo 90 degree push-ups – Rope pulls w/52# KB – 100# Sandbag floor presses – Max strict pull-ups – 35# Kneeling Arnold presses switch legs at :20… … If you’re currently in the fitness field AND DO #jiujitsu , what exercise movements are you incorporating into your routine?.. …

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How have you stayed motivated?

I want to be mentally stronger and get after it.

If you need guidance with your diet, learn more about how to maintain healthy nutrition in quarantine.

Main image: Courtesy of Rudy Postigo