Introducing Andy, one of our Active Together Champions!
As a fitness instructor, I always maintain my personal fitness training as well as delivering fitness, both one on one and to groups. This has continued during lockdown. I turned my dining room into a gym which allowed me to continue my personal training as well as recording group exercise sessions for the public, accessible through YouTube, Zoom classes for the council staff, and one to one training using FaceTime or Skype.
As I live alone, I found that the online fitness work I delivered during lockdown gave me a focus, routine, and a chance to communicate with the participants that I had previously worked with face to face. This has not only helped my mental wellbeing but that of the participants themselves.
I have always enjoyed fitness and didn't want to lose my fitness levels prior to lockdown. My main inspiration is always the people that I deliver fitness to. Whether one to one or in groups, a real community/family has been formed. My participants motivate, inspire, and really look out for each other so it was really important to me to keep this going and to check in/look out for participants that would struggle being away from the group. There has been some astounding achievements and results from the groups, and it was important to me to continue this.
Personally, my activity levels have now increased since lockdown eased as certain activities such as spin class could not be done in lock down. My work delivering fitness continues although we are now introducing face to face sessions again where restrictions allow.
For me, exercise is my passion. I have always enjoyed a range of activities, gym, group exercise and delivering personal training and group fitness. I enjoy feeling fit. Being healthy. Mentally it gives me focus a sense of wellbeing. I have always enjoyed promoting fitness and take pride in the results and achievements of my participants. Not only physically but mentally and the friendships and community built between them.
Luckily for myself as a personal trainer, I have access to my own gym equipment. Although some of my training was limited not being in a gym. Using my knowledge of fitness, I was able to alter the way I trained to continue safely and successfully.
The online group work I needed to ensure was inclusive to all participants so used a range of exercises and gave options and alternatives throughout. Also suggesting alternatives to weights – cans, bottles etc.
My advice if you're thinking of getting more active:
My advice is always to try a range of activities and find something that is suitable and enjoyable for them. There is so much out there from gyms, classes, outdoor, indoor to online and virtual classes. Its also important to find activities to fit in and suit your lifestyle. For example if working from home taking an hour out to go for a walk or join an online session. Or if there are family commitments, to find an activity they can do as a family such as swimming, football in a park or going to a climbing wall centre. In this day, including lockdown, there is such a range of activities, there really is something for everyone.
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