The world had to think outside the box – and the gym – to keep fit during the pandemic. When gyms were closed, spare rooms became pilates studios, lounge rooms became HIIT spaces and garages became Body Attack floors. We’ve seen it all. But with the world as we know it gradually coming back to normal, one thing’s for sure – outdoor workouts are here to stay.
Even on its own, fresh air has outstanding health benefits. Shaking up your surroundings and going outdoors has been shown to boost energy levels by 90%.
In the post-pandemic world, personal trainers and gym junkies have continued to favour outdoor fitness classes because they feel safer than being cooped up. There’s no recycled air. Social distancing is a doddle. And the breeze blows more than just your cobwebs away.
It’s time to invigorate your workout environment and feel the health benefits for all. Here are our top tips to create the ultimate outdoor exercise program.
COVID-19 restrictions put the spotlight on public space. The pandemic made 45% of people from Sydney spend more time outside, mostly to exercise, with 90% using streets or parks in their local area.
Capitalise on this new trend by picking the leafiest, greenest park and setting up your class here.
Hot Tip: Make sure the area you pick is close to public bathrooms and also has plenty of parking, so your clients have the most convenient workout experience possible.
In the great outdoors, the possibilities are endless.
Whatever your recipe for success is, make sure the offering is clear to your clients.
Hot tip: Remember, some fitness regimes don’t lend themselves to outdoor exercise. In a world where safety is key, we’d advise against using equipment, especially of the DIY variety. The kids’ playground monkey bars aren’t designed for adult pull ups!
Just because no walls contain what you’re doing doesn’t mean rules are out the window. It’s crucial you keep up to date with the government approved plans. Do your members have to wear masks while working out? How far do you have to socially distance your yoga mats?
If you’re in Australia, you can find a good summary of current restrictions for fitness owners on the Physical Activity Australia website.
Hot Tip: Bear in mind, COVID restrictions change all the time. Even if you’ve checked, check again. Be the ambassador for good practice – your clients will thank you for it.
There’s been so much talk of uncertain times in the last year. But here’s something that is an absolute definite: You can’t always rely on the weather! Make sure you have a plan B for when dark clouds gather.
There are a few things you need to ask yourself:
Hot Tip: Bring some kind of gazebo cover or canopy that you can offer shelter any time Mother Nature decides to get a bit feisty. This strategy also has a great bi-product: it makes it easier for your clients to find you in the park! Especially if it’s emblazoned with your brand.
Outdoor classes can bring back excitement for people who have been forced indoors months on end; its a great time to include these options in your business where you can and maybe just a few times of the year (snow yoga - maybe not so fun?).