At last we are in a place where things are almost back to normal. The country has opened up again and there are no longer any restrictions. Online classes to help maintain your fitness have been a necessity over the last two years but face-to-face classes are now back in full swing. So why should you continue or start with an online class now?
Well, normal isn’t the same anymore. We’re in a ‘new normal’ – some things changed during the pandemic and will never completely revert to the way they were. Taking my business hybrid – offering both online and face-to-face classes -is just one example of this.
There is certainly an increase in the number of people ready to step out and meet me face to face again for their fitness journey, but equally there are many who, for whatever reason, don’t want to. My new hybrid approach allows me to help people in both the real and digital world.
There are many factors why clients may choose online or face to face.
All my clients have either a chronic health condition, injury or very low fitness and want to get moving again. But how they might go about doing this is where the difference lies when it comes to choosing a class.
If you are quite mobile, able to drive or have someone drive you and you need that face-to-face interaction then clients tend to prefer face to face.
If you are nervous and feel you need the instructor to be standing right in front of you then you choose face to face.
If you are local enough to reach my venues, then face to face becomes more of an option.
I have found that friends often tend to join my face-to-face classes as it is something for them to do together and brings them more into the local community.
However, I have many clients who are very local to me, but they still choose to stay online. Why is that?
Online has many benefits that allows you to stay committed to your fitness journey. For example:
If you have a chronic HIDDEN illness and fatigue is a symptom, then just leaving the house can be the biggest battle (mentally and physically). If you can stay at home and just log on one minute before the class starts, and be at home when you finish you are conserving all your energy to use in the class.
If you have a health condition that makes you vulnerable, you can still be safe in your own home without the risk of catching unwanted viruses.
If you are not local to me, in fact you could be anywhere in the country, you can access my service, support and expertise despite being so far away.
You get to meet people you never would have met before and form friendship that never would have happened either due to the location.
Most of my online classes are evenings with one class in the day. An online class will often suit a working person as you don’t have to leave the house again.
One really important thing the runs through both the face-to-face and online classes is the community that is built. Also, you can be assured that the level of service given and the structure of class remains the same no matter which version you attend. Friendships and powerful likeminded groups form to give you that safe space in which you can grow. These elements are not compromised in the least, whether it is face to face or online.
I believe both types of class have their place in this ‘new normal’ and it depends very much on your personal circumstances. Technology has literally made exercise MORE accessible than ever before and the choice is very much yours.
If you would like to know then please get in touch at www.1ststeprfs.com for more information.