Reflecting on the Pandemic – A Trainer’s Perspective

Happy Pandiversary?

And no, I’m not referring to the date panda’s were no longer declared endangered! This Thursday, March 11th, 2021, marks the 1 year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. It’s been a difficult year across the globe to say the least. Life’s traditions came to a screeching halt, revealing gaping holes in the economic and political realms that govern the US. However, the light seems to be at the end of the tunnel with vaccinations being rolled out in mass numbers.

As a trainer this past year has disguised itself as an opportunity to redefine myself. I’ve adapted to a new work-life balance, developed a new approach to both virtual and distanced training, and facilitated my teaching expertise to benefit our students’ remote learning experience.

Work Life Balance

Prior to the pandemic, my day typically started at 4:30am and ran wild until noon. From 12:00 – 2:00 I’d have a couple hours to myself where I could eat, rest, or exercise. And then from 2:00 – 5:00pm I’d be back on the fitness floor making sure the day-to-day duties are taken care of. As you can see, the work-life balance tipped heavily in favor of all work and no life.

With the closure of the gym, I had to pivot and find work elsewhere. Luckily, AFNA’s President, Tom Bolland, reached out to me with an opportunity to rejoin the teaching team! This significantly improved my work-life balance for the better.

Redefining Training

Without a facility to train at, I had to get very creative with exercise programing. My workouts were centered around hills, bands, and dumbbells. In retrospect, the lack of equipment helped me redefine how I programmed the workouts.

Other clients prefered to train online. This started out as a challenge while people experienced the steep learning curve behind Zoom and FaceTime workouts. However, after a few trial runs, virtual training has become an amazing opportunity for people to get their training.

Remote Learning

For our students at AFNA, the learning environment has also shifted. AFNA used to be limited by geographic restrictions, but now students can enroll from all over the US. The online learning environment also allows students to maintain a healthy work-life balance thanks to our flexible academic program. As the US begins to open its doors to fitness centers, students will even be able to take their assignments to a gym and conduct practice sessions.

To Road to Recovery

While it’s certainly been a difficult year for many, we seem to be rounding the corner. I am very optimistic that the health and fitness industry will boom and grow exponentially as people have spent the past year virtually enclosed in their homes. If you’ve been considering a career as a trainer, then now is the time enroll. Put yourself at the forefront of this new wave! For admission questions, please visit