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As we are now coming out of (hopefully our last) lockdown I am going to take this opportunity to go back and reflect how this Pandemic has affected my business and my clients’ fitness.
Back in March 2020 I was caught completely off guard. I would have never dreamed that there would ever come a time where I wasn’t allowed to train my clients.
I sort of sensed that indoor training was going to be restricted. As a matter of fact I don’t even use my Personal training studio much during the summer so there I was jet washing my garden, getting ready to use the outdoors.
Next thing it was announced that we need to stay at home and that we are only allowed one our of exercise a day and only by yourself or with other members of your household.
That essentially meant that not only my livelihood was taken away from me but also my clients’ fitness and wellbeing.
Going into the lockdown I was fully booked and I had clients getting amazing results.
What was I to do?
I came up with a plan.
I decided to start training my clients on video calls.
I am not gonna lie. I was clearly out of my comfort zone. The first few sessions I did I was actually so nervous that my knees were shaking.
Things got better with time and as we came out of the first lockdown and I was allowed to train clients in person the zoom classes continued. Some people actually believed that it’s really convenient to get fit in their own living rooms or gardens.
Also back in March 2020 I lost a few clients who weren’t willing to try video calls but since then I have had lots more clients joining me and I am now in a situation where I am so heavily booked that I cannot really take on any more clients.
This winter has been tough. I was only allowed to train clients on on one in public places in the outdoors.
We have had some really cold and wet mornings in the local parks but I believe that it’s all been good for morale.
Really if you can go out and work on your fitness at 5AM in a muddy and dark park then nothing can stop you.
The video calls are still going on. Now the outdoor bootcamps are also there as well as private gardens and in a few days I will be allowed to use my studio again. That might be handy on a rainy day.