No Gym? No Problem! How to Adapt as a Trainer During Covid

While COVID-19 continues to surge through the US,

Personal Trainers have needed to adapt. With very limited access to fitness facilities across the cities and states, most Personal Trainers have taken their fitness online or on the road.

Working Your Workouts Online

A lot of trainers are using online platforms to host their workouts and classes. Some use it to train clients, others use it for small group sessions. Another option is inviting clients into a live workout where the coach is instructing to a group of people.

Setting up the online workouts can be as simple as a yoga mat and a camera, or you can pull out all the stops and get studio lighting, high quality cameras, and an array of equipment. Zoom and Skype are popular apps that you can use to host one or more clients during a session. Other video conferencing apps can be used just the same.

One of the best ways to market yourself is by posting regularly to a social media platform with highlights of your workouts, fit tips, and infographics on various health and nutrition concepts. Marketing yourself has always been important in this industry. But without a gym or fitness studio to train out of, you need to be extremely ambitious towards promoting yourself.

The Traveling Trainer

Another popular route trainers and coaches have taken is to turn their services into a mobile workout solution. With just a few essential fitness tools, you effectively pack a small gym into the trunk of your car.

Use the checklist below as you gather the tools you’d need to give your clients a great workout!

  • Yoga Mat
  • Resistance Straps (Look for ones with door anchors and clip hooks)
  • Weights
    • Dumbbells (I use the Bowflex 552 Adjustable dumbbells)
    • Kettlebell (I use the Bowflex 840 Adjustable kettlebell)
    • Barbells
    • Y-Bells
    • Medicine Balls
    • Sand Bags
  • Foldable & Adjustable Bench (I use the Flybird adjustable bench)
  • Sanitizing wipes

If you want to succeed in the fitness industry, you’ll need to know how to adapt. COVID-19 is not the only adaptation trainers have had to make, but it has certainly been the most impactful change.

Don’t be discouraged if you can’t use a gym. Remember, training clients is all about utility, not facility.