I get the feeling that the gyms re opening and the recent posts Ive seen regarding training injuries might not be completely unrelated to I wanted to post my thoughts on the possibility.
We all have our favorite exercises and getting back into the gym is like reconnecting with a much missed lover, which needless to say, can lead to getting carried away.
I encourage you to design a clear workout routine ahead of time, and bring the exercises in at 15 or even 20 reps, pyramiding up in weight to 10 reps, and even then not to failure. Focus on the movement, pause at the bottom, initiate the motion with the target muscle, squeeze at the top (without hyper extending joints), and control the negative. There will be plenty of time to bring the weights up and drop the reps in the coming weeks and this approach will give the joints and tendons a chance to re-acclimate to working out again, further ensuring your safe re entry to training.
For me, staying focused in the moment and getting the most out of every set, every rep, has been the goal of my physique training for years. (You knew this was coming, so I'm not even going to say anything about it this time) It may appear that a mountain climbers goal is to reach the top of the mountain, but his true goal is to become a great mountain climber.
By all means, get excited about being back in the gym, and express appreciation to yourself for getting involved in the art/science of physique training.
We are on this journey together...