COVID-19 has forced many industries to think outside the box, and the fitness industry is just one of them.
With gyms, group fitness and sporting venues now all closed, Kieran O'Dwyer, owner of Bathurst Strength and Conditioning has come up with a plan for people to stay fit at home, and said now, more than ever, people need to be healthy and strong.
Mr O'Dwyer has designed a four-week at home program (free of charge for his gym members) which can be purchased online by non members for just $9.90.
He said he wanted to keep the program affordable for everyone, as a way to keep them training.
He said he came up with the idea after speaking with a friend who is a school teacher.
"My friend was telling me that she is worried about her students and the effect that no sport and non-structured school physical activity could have on their mental well-being.
So he went to work and created one; called simply "the four-week-at-home program."
In addition to the program, he has also made a more interactive at-home program.
"It has the same principles as the one being sold online but relies on our online software to allow coaches to interact daily with the members and view their programs, reps, make changes to their specific programs and add alternatives in live time based on their requests while they are at home," he said.
Mr O'Dwyer said in times like were facing now, it was vital people continue to maintain fitness and look after their well being.
"The research of exercise on mental health is very clear in its capacity to improve well-being and increase confidence. Two things which are crucial at a time when we are so afraid and uncertain."
Mr O'Dwyer said he will continue to develop new programs.
"This crisis has shown us that moving online in some capacity is something that every person in the fitness industry needs to do to keep impacting their clients. We will be updating and evolving our online services as soon as possible," he said.
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