Is Virtual Fitness Here to Stay?

Is Virtual Fitness Here to Stay?

Yes, virtual fitness has become a permanent and significant fixture in our industry. I’ve heard my fair share of comments like “people are just fed up with Zoom” or “clients are SO happy to be back at the gym” and those are valid, but don’t negate the fact that online options for health and fitness are now part of our repertoire. Here’s why: 1. Habit-Forming Accessibility: in most of North America gyms will have been closed for more than 10 weeks which is long enough for our clients to form the habit of utilizing virtual fitness. It doesn’t mean they aren’t

Beyond the Crisis and Chaos: Quebec’s New Coalition

Beyond the Crisis and Chaos: Quebec’s New Coalition

Having had the honor of representing Fitness Industry Council of Canada’s Quebec Coalition of fitness clubs and studios through the COVID-19 crisis, here are a few remarkable insights gathered as we worked towards the reopening date of June 22nd. COALITION = COLLABORATION Close to 200 locations joined our Coalition to create a common voice to reassure both the government and public that fitness facilities were prepared to reopen safely. This included club chains, franchise studios, independent gyms, Yoga studios, etc. of all sizes and price ranges.  All of them have unique challenges and concerns, but they came together and contributed with

Succeeding Online: Sometimes Just a Sliver Is All It Takes

Succeeding Online: Sometimes Just a Sliver Is All It Takes

Three weeks and 103 tests: that’s what it took for me to be able to fix the audio issues and teach a cardio class on virtual. I just could not get the sound right. Then this happened: have a look at the SLIVER of sound I managed to find between Mute and horrible; they described it as “perfect” and I crumbled to the floor in astonishment. Here’s what I learned from the trials and tribulations of teaching musically dependent group fitness classes on virtual: Different technology works for different situations: the common issue seems to be that Zoom is the best

In Bed with the Fitness Industry & Josée Lavigueur

In Bed with the Fitness Industry & Josée Lavigueur

Qui de mieux pour le lancement de la version francophone de cette série que la reine du conditionnement physique au Québec – la merveilleuse Josée Lavigueur! Je vous invite à visionner cette entrevue « Au lit avec l’industrie » avec Josée qui a célébré ses 35 ans de métier en confinement avec nous tous. Elle partage ce qui l’a inspirée de lancer une plateforme virtuelle en 2018, comment elle vit cette crise et l’esprit de collaboration qui la soutient. https://youtu.be/vDuN7mBUz_M

A Love Letter to Fitness Instructors

A Love Letter to Fitness Instructors

My dear colleagues, I know we’re feeling anxious and sad about the future of the careers we’ve dedicated ourselves too. I’ve had so many of you reach out to me asking if you should forget about teaching and look for something else. It’s heartbreaking and you’re entitled to grieve. I just finished teaching my virtual Yoga & Training class and felt compelled to share some thoughts. I’ve had days this week when I felt I had to rush to figure SOMETHING out to create revenue for myself this summer; yet I know that’ never going to be the mindset that will

In Bed with Fitness Industry & Scott Wildeman

In Bed with Fitness Industry & Scott Wildeman

We may have thought the first stage of quarantine was tough, but most managers are finding this second wave of uncertainty is draining their team and clients. How can you keep your instructors, trainers and participants thinking positively about the upcoming additions, changes, and revamps of your business as you contemplate how you are going to open your doors? Listen to the advice of Scott Wilderman, the Senior VP of Fitness & Operations at GYMVMT, in this video. https://youtu.be/SBI7kzWs7Cw

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