Following discussions with my face to face clients this last week, and now the Coronavirus has been confirmed as pandemic by World Health Organization, I’ve been considering my personal obligation to those I train.
Although many of us are young enough and fit enough to personally not be severely affected even if we did contract the virus, we are responsible for not spreading it to many others… Ultimately causing those older and less healthy to lose their lives.
Beyond maintaining cleanliness by washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth), coughing or sneezing into tissues and binning it, keeping contact surfaces (handles etc.) regularly cleaned…
Reducing your contact with others is the best way to not only avoid contracting the virus, but also inadvertently spreading it to many others while you’re contagious, but yet to show symptoms.
Acting early enough can slow the progress of the virus and help bring it under control sooner rather than later… and I want to be responsible and do the most I can.
Being led by the UK Government regarding timing, I will ultimately advise my face-to-face clients not to travel to see me in-person for training sessions.
I will instead provide them with training sessions that they can carry out at home using a TRX style suspension trainer. Further supported with video calls and exercise tutorial videos too if needs be.
That way, regardless of any imposed national “lockdown”, my clients can still maintain their fitness in isolation if needs be.
For years now, I’ve only trained clients one-to-one in my private gym. So I have a high level of control of the cleanliness of my training facility. However, public gyms naturally carry a far greater infection risk.
Your local gym will highly likely close to prevent the spreading the Coronavirus. Please start considering how you will maintain your training now, ideally at home.
Get Kitted Out
If you have basic weight training equipment (such as kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, weight plates, squat rack, flat bench etc.), you can easily progress your fitness by adopting a productive training program at home.
If you don’t have such equipment or space, then a TRX style suspension trainer is an easy solution. And when programmed well, will improve your performance rather than just maintaining it.
I’ll be sharing some home training ideas with you over the coming weeks to help better prepare you to train at home.
In the meantime, start thinking about your home training equipment options, and ordering something suitable depending on your budget and available space.
Here are my equipment recommendations to maintain world class training even if training at home…