Updated: Jul 10
Firstly thank you to Charlie Gibson for this blog idea, I hope you and everyone enjoy the post. If there is a topic you are interested in learning, please get in touch.
All sectors in the economic world have obviously taken a huge hit during Covid-19, with many business struggling and having to adapt to survive. While I am not an economic expert, I will keep this blog mainly focused on my experiences in the health and fitness industry during this time as a personal trainer. From day 1 it has been vitally important for me to keep a positive mind set, focus on what I can control and how I can adapt to make this period of growth for myself. So, how did I do this?
To set the scene at the start of lock-down, I had just left my personal training job and I was just into my second week of my new job (physical performance coach), were I was classed as self-employed contractor. Therefore, I did not fall into any of the furlough schemes for either job. Which was not ideal. Luckily, I had just moved back in with the parents, so not all bad. I was facing the prospect of not being able to work for months, spending days playing 'Wazone' & 'FIFA', while that is some peoples idea of heaven, it got boring very quickly! Oh and to top it off I could not do any running due to ligament tears in the knee. So, it was very heard to keep that positive mindset and I am sure there are many people out there who have also been in similar circumstances. How did I deal with this?
Everything that I have just mentioned in that previous paragraph are all things that I can not control the outcome or result of. So, it was important for me not to get bogged down in these and focus on the outcomes I can control. I can control, my professional development (UKSCA webinars), create an online presence, keep a professional social media presence (insta, facebook, twitter), crack on with my rehab exercise, my nutrition/health and listening to podcasts (pacey performance) (Peter Crouch podcast & Louis Theroux). This often allowed me to keep the structure of a working day, scheduling what to do during the 9 till 5 day. These are the things that have been keeping me sane during lock-down, while waiting on those gyms to re-open. My biggest achievement is creating this website for my clients which has gone down very well, feel free to explore it and if you are interested in some 1 to 1 coaching please get in touch - it is completely free to do so.
Take home points:
Focus on what you can control.
Keep that positive mindset.
Have structure to your days, set out your plan for the week on Monday morning.
Put yourself in the best possible position for when "normality" returns.
Thank you for reading and supporting the business, hope you are all keeping safe and hopefully it wont be too long before we can train in a gym again!!!