The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to put off participating in physical activities, such as sports and recreation programs, due to the closure of schools, gyms, and public spaces. But can personal trainers still work during lockdown? The answer is yes, but with certain restrictions. One-on-one personal training sessions can still be conducted in an open space other than a private garden, but social distancing must be observed and the PT cannot share equipment with their client. To help members who don't have access to the gym equipment they need to work out at home, personal trainers can rent out weights, kettlebells, yoga straps, and yoga blocks for a fee or as an exclusive benefit to continue membership.
In addition to one-on-one sessions, PTs can also offer live fitness classes and virtual one-on-one or small group training. To recruit PTs, social media announcements can be made through personal posts and shares on Facebook and Instagram, as well as through posts on industry networking pages on Facebook. It's important for PTs to have the right qualifications for the job, such as Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer Certification, and Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma. When it comes to returning to work and reopening the practice, no specific recommendations were made for the occupational group of personal trainers in addition to the opening of fitness facilities.
However, it's important that all lockdown restrictions are strictly followed in order to ensure everyone's safety.