Personal Training during a Pandemic: Focus on Utility, Not Facility

Personal Training Prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic:

I graduated from AFNA in 2014 and started my career as a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in West Hollywood, CA.  24 Hour Fitness was the gym I had worked out at for many years.  I was super excited to begin my Fitness Career at my “home gym.”  There was a great advantage working at a “Big Box Corporate” gym: the facility and a wide variety of training equipment was at my fingertips.  While I shared it with a dozen other trainers and the over one thousand members that came to workout each day, as an AFNA trained Fitness Professional, I was skillful at having a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C for my clients. If the dumbbells or machine I wanted to use wasn’t available, I was able to find an alternate piece of equipment or a different modality to ensure my client achieved their goals for the session.

Personal Training during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

Let’s cut to 2020.  I am the Campus Director at my Alma Mater!  AFNA is where I learned everything from A – Z to be a full-time Personal Trainer.  I loved my career at 24 Hour Fitness and I loved my clients.  When I got the call from AFNA to work full-time as the Director of Admissions in 2019, it was the proverbial offer I could not refuse.  Today, 24 Hour Fitness is West Hollywood remains closed because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  At AFNA, we realize it is a watershed moment for the Fitness Industry.  Every Personal Trainer must come up with the ultimate “Plan P.”  How do you safely train your clients during a Pandemic while your favorite facility is temporarily closed for business.

At AFNA, we are teaching our students to Emphasize Utility. No matter the facility.

Last Saturday, I met a friend at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles for lunch.  What I discovered was Utility over Facility in action.  I saw trainers working with clients everywhere in the park.  At AFNA, we are teaching our students to Emphasize Utility.  No matter the facility. Our students are able to apply the context-based knowledge of anatomy, physiology, exercise science and nutrition science to their client’s program design whether in a commercial gym or socially distanced in the park.