Should Clients Wear Masks While Exercising?

Many governors across the country have mandated masks to be worn in all indoor, public locations to help stop the spread of Covid-19. That leads many of us to ask whether or not there are any safety risks associated with exercising with a mask on.

As fitness professionals we should have a response ready when our clients ask this question, but what should we tell them?

Since many academic institutions are currently closed, large scale experiments are not feasible to effectively test usage of various types of masks during exercise and how it affects the user. It is also very difficult to effectively test and examine the spread of Covid-19 in the current conditions and control for all variables. As a result, the information and guidelines being released seem to change daily as we learn more about the virus. Try to be patient (and ask your clients to be patient) with the inconsistencies in guidelines – the world has only been studying this strain for 6 months!

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Do You Have a Re-Opening Protocol?

Gyms and Fitness Facilities are re-opening all around the country and the world. Here at Northwest Personal Training we have planning for and anxiously waiting for this day to come! We were able to officially opened on Monday June 8th.

We knew we would need to take the appropriate measures to ensure that our studio was safe, clean and inviting for those of our clients who are ready to come back. We created a COVID-19 re-opening protocol that we have shared with our staff, clients and potential new clients.

Our protocol reminds our clients that….. “the health and fitness of our clients and staff is our top priority. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, we are constantly monitoring the updates to assure we are taking steps to keep everyone healthy.”

 

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Help Kids Stay Active & Happy

Kids are missing their friends, teachers and social life. They hear the scary news broadcasts. They listen to adult conversations and can assume the gravity of the situation. Bottom line – they are anxious and experiencing stress at a high level whether they understand that or not. Just like their parents, they need a positive outlet to manage their emotions and to participate in things that make them feel good.


Many kids are stuck at home watching more TV and playing video games, which was a problem before COVID-19 surfaced. The temptation to sink into couch potato-land is a scary reality.

Stats to consider:

Children today are approximately 40% less active than they were 30 years ago

40% of children and teens are overweight enough to threaten their future health

40% of children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease and reduced fitness due to an inactive lifestyle

Children spend an average of 26 hours a week watching television and also spend 25-30 hours a week sitting behind a desk

 

The importance of physical strength, mental health, stress relief and maintaining a strong immune system are critical, now more than ever…..for adults and kids!

 

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6 Ways to Keep Clients Motivated

Gyms, yoga studios and pools are closed or slowly reopening. Running and Triathlon races cancelled. It is easy to understand why clients may start to lose their motivation to workout.

As fitness professionals, we all know that the key to maintaining a commitment is to remember the ‘WHY’. Ask your clients …Why do you work out? Why do you race? Remind them that when they dig deep into their motivation, they’ll find that COVID-19 should not affect their ability to stay the course, they may just need to use a different mode of ‘transportation’.

We shared these 6 ways to stay motivated with our clients. Share them with your clients as well.

Let’s keep clients healthy and strong and keep our fitness businesses afloat!

1. Goals

It’s important to remember that the virus has not cancelled your goals. Ask yourself why you exercise, train and race? Most likely you do it to improve your physical strength and endurance, mental health, weight management, stress release and to boost your immune system. Aren’t all of those things still important, and even more so now?

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Virtually Track Client Results

During this time where most of us are conducting virtual training sessions….tracking client results can be challenging. We encourage our clients to track their results in other ways than just looking at the numbers on the scale. Some ways for clients to track results at home is to regularly measure the major areas of the body, take before and after pictures, weigh themselves (but only once per week) and use a body fat scale (if available). 

Here is a video that I put together before social distancing and COVID-19. The video gives detailed instructions on how to measure major areas of the body etc. Go ahead and share this with your clients!

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Exercise Tools Clients Have At Home

Since our training studio has been closed for nearly a month due to COVID-19, I’ve been teaching a lot of virtual online classes and training sessions. It has definitely proven that you can train clients remotely!

There are literally hundreds of muscle and cardio exercises you can walk your clients through with absolutely no equipment whatsoever. Their bodies are the best machines!

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Clients Running More Now? Give Them This Program!

We are experiencing a global pandemic and with our fitness clubs closed and most of our clients are confined to their homes with very little options for exercise. Many of our clients are not easily detoured from their commitment to their workouts and are recognizing that they still need to do something physical to maintain their physical fitness, stress release, mental health and maintain the strength of their immune system. Hopefully many of your clients have have opted for virtual indoor workouts with you and your staff, while others have probably taken to running outdoors.

We are positioned to experience a massive running boom that would rival the 1970’s Forest Gump surge that had everyone sporting their sneakers and pounding the pavement. Spring is here, summer is on the way and running is a wonderful way to get some fresh air, vitamin D and relieve some stress.

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Help Clients Reduce Stress With Exercise

People are very stressed out right now with the Coronovirus pandemic. People are worried about getting sick and/or infecting someone else. In addition, your fitness business is likely struggling to figure out how to offset the massive losses in revenues . You probably have employees wondering how they are going to pay the bills if they can’t go to work. It is definitely scary during these uncharted times.

But guess what – stress is not good for your immune system. It makes you more vulnerable, so let’s initiate some steps to manage everyone’s anxiety.

*These are great tips for you, your staff and your clients!*

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Take Group Training Virtual!

Fitness Professionals across the globe are scrambling to keep their businesses afloat while so many are staying home. The good news is that you can go virtual and your clients will thank you!

We have decided to use Facebook Live as it seems to be the simplest way to be live AND allow clients to go back and watch workouts later.

Our 4-Week Virtual Group Training Program:

$99. The Virtual Group Training Program is included in our top training memberships.

The cost is per household.

We typically have punch cards as an option for group training sessions, but we will not be able to honor them for the virtual program.

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Coronavirus Tips For Clients

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, many of your clients are probably asking whether they should be working out and heading to the gym?

Reassure them with the steps you are taking to keep them healthy and safe:

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