Online fitness class benefits students and teachers
By Darren Lum
Fitness class was like any other except for one electronic twist. Instead of everyone coming to the Minden studio to see Meghan Reid of Just Movement Fitness, several of her students went online, watching her on their computers as they curled soup cans in their dining rooms using Zoom Cloud Meeting app, an online video conferencing program.
is the current reality facing many people looking to get a sweat on, as
more and more actions restrict movement to reduce the spread of the
Reid, who started her online classes a little more than a week ago, said she wanted to continue to offer her classes and encourage social distancing.
“I can’t, in good conscience, open my
studio to the people of our community when this is a place for people to
feel safe, healthy and fit. I have a lot of clients who depend on our
space for their well being, including senior clients that are at higher
risk should we have a community outbreak... It’s my role to make sure we
keep our space safe for everyone in the future. This is what prompted
me to attempt offering my training online – for them to continue to stay
active and healthy, but from the security of their own home,” she wrote
in an email.
She said there has been a learning curve due to her lack of expertise in online instruction and audio/video equipment.
“I’ve never broadcasted online before, so for now, I’m hoping that my good ‘ol [Mac computer] will do the trick to get us through this time frame until I’m able to acquire the proper tools to stay online for people wishing to use my services from home,” she wrote.
Although she didn’t have any intention of offering classes beyond her current clientele, she has been receiving interest after posting to social media about going online from family and friends. It’s given her motivation to expand her service. Go to Just Movement Fitness’s Facebook page, text or call 705-455-7270, or go to www.justmovemenfitness.com for details.
Online training is not just good for people interested in staying fit during this time of isolation, but also for fitness trainers interested in a new life.
Point for Fitness’s Laurie Sweig, who is a fitness trainer
and Times columnist, has been giving instruction online to her clients
for three years and started because she wanted to be able to move to the
Sweig said she closed her fitness studio located in Ottawa and started the transition to offering online services back in December 2016. All of her workout sessions with clients are online.
With more people working from home due to physical distancing rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Sweig has noticed that clients are discovering additional benefits of online workouts.
“They had already loved the fact that they could workout in their home, cottages, etc. Now, for some, in addition to being a workout, it’s social connection in a somewhat boring day,” she wrote in an email. “Conversations are about keeping safe and healthy during this time. All are grateful for not experiencing an interruption to their workout schedule.”
Safety of clients working out, internet connectivity, and
offering substitute sessions if someone misses one, are some of the
challenges teaching online presents.
Sweig adds all the sessions she performs are one-on-one or limited to one household with couples or parents with children.
“So far there have been a couple of existing clients adding another workout to their schedule. I made the choice not to increase marketing for the online service during this time. I believe people will find their way to me if/when they need to,” she wrote.