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Keeping active and connected through exercise

Sally B PT
Sally B PT

The fitness industry has been hit hard during COVID-19 lockdowns, with gyms only being open for a short period after their original closure in March.

For local personal trainer Sally Bush, who owns the personal training business Sally B PT, her focus was transitioning online quickly to keep supporting clients. While they’ve enjoyed staying healthy and keeping their workout routines going, Sally said the main benefit has been the socialising and connectedness provided by the fitness group.

Sally has made a particular effort to keep the sessions low-cost and accessible.

“People are loving it. Sometimes my clients only come for the chat at the start and end of the sessions,” she said.

“It’s great for physical wellbeing and that leads to good mental health. But what I think I’ve done well is making a good sense of community.”

“One week we showed off before and after photos of our haircuts.”

For one group member who works a corporate job in Melbourne’s CBD, working from home and completing these online workouts has been a contrast to squeezing in fitness classes before and after work at large, CBD gyms.

“These classes gave her a sense of belonging and something to look forward to,” Sally said.

While restrictions haven’t allowed the group to physically catch up, they’re hoping to do so soon and to make some fun out of it.

“When we can finally meet up, our theme is going to be party dress and sneakers,” Sally laughed.

For Sally, the transition to online classes was a ‘learning curve,’ but everyone had adapted well.

“One positive is it’s pushed people out of their comfort zones to learn new skills.”

Sally now has a complete home set-up for online classes, which will continue once lockdown ends.

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