Personal trainers encourage people to stay active through COVID-19

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As more things are moving to online, personal trainers are adapting too with virtual training session to keep their clients in shape. 

COVID-19 has led to the closures of restaurants and the cancellations of religious services and sports leagues, and it has raised concern for fitness and how to cope with workout routines.

Becky Rycroft has her own company called Free Spirit Fitness. The coronavirus has Rycroft slowly trying to move in the right direction for herself and her clients, but she still wants to manage her income as well.

“I’m going to continue free classes twice a week,” Rycroft said. “I’m just going to try and maintain my business.”

Rycroft said it’s imperative to get the youth active in this age of the social media era. She credited the young ones when she went to Academy one day with the bike rack cleared out.

“I love the fact that parents are getting their kids outside to ride bikes and doing activities, so maybe it’s improved the physicality of our youth,” Rycroft said.

While gym facilities remained closed throughout the country, Rycroft said there are reasons to look on the bright side, such as people using the outdoors to their advantage.

“I have a next door neighbor, he ran and I’ve never seen him run,” Rycroft said. “I’m a very optimistic person, and I have a lot of faith in things.”

Nick Frary, a personal trainer in Edmond, has held the title of personal trainer for 15 years with eight years of experience in nutrition. Frary has been communicating through text to his clients on how to function their workout routines. He’s also been careful about his older clients who have a higher chance of catching the coronavirus.

Anybody who wishes to accomplish their fitness goals can be do so in a safe manner.

“Make sure that you’re walking, doing jumping jacks,” Frary said. "Try to stay as active as you were before.”

Tammy Briscoe is the owner of OKCPT in Oklahoma City. Briscoe makes an effort to keep her clients in shape through text messaging, Facebook posting and online training. Like many other businesses, Briscoe does the best she can to work using limited resources.

Online training works through a program where Briscoe builds an online workout for her clients. The clients look at videos containing instructions for workouts. They can also see how many reps and sets the workouts contain.

“Usually I send (clients) two to three workouts a week,” Briscoe said.

Briscoe, along with the personal trainers who work for her, strive to make their clients satisfied. They have not fully given into in-person exercises, but the company still wants to keep the client bubble isolated.

“Me and several trainers have also met up with some of our clients,” Briscoe said. “We’ve done outdoor boot camp classes, and we’re keeping it kind of small.”

For challenges people may endure while staying at home, Briscoe said bad habits such as fast food consumption and laziness could make it difficult to get back on track.

Briscoe has seen firsthand clients coming back from vacation and missing weeks, or even a month, of working out.

“When people hit that hiatus, it’s hard to go back working out,” Briscoe said.

Rycroft said that as a country, she feels comfortable about people's hopes of getting back on track.

“I think it is an adjustment that we have to grab ourselves within,” Rycroft said. “I’m a very optimistic person and I have a lot of faith in things.”