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Lockdowns are tough times for businesses but we’re lucky enough to be living at a time where technology is at its peak – people are able to work from home, kids can attend online classes, apps are available to provide home deliveries and gyms can now offer online workouts. With millions of people staying home and practicing social distancing, keeping fit and healthy while indoors don’t have to be a challenge. Here are some tips to supplement your income during quarantine over the next few months, as you adapt to our new norm as we fight through this pandemic together:

1. Make use of fitness training apps

From the convenience of your smartphone, you can manage your client’s workouts, tasks, meal plans, schedule, payments, and more all in one app. There are many apps available so you just need to choose the best fit for you. Fitness coaches and gyms can also see whether their clients completed their workouts, stayed on track with their goals, and countless other aspects that are so vital to running a fitness business. We did the research so you don’t have to – below are the top 3 on our list:

 

Training Apps Pricing Key features
FitSW
www.fitsw.com
Has access up to 60 clients in a session
Has a free plan
Pricing ranges from $8.33 to $41.66 per month
Training templates
Workout builder
Client monitoring
Create fitness targets
Meal and macros tracker 
Trainerize
www.trainerize.com
Has access up to 30 clients in a session
Has a free plan
Pricing ranges from $4.50 to $54 per month
Client workout logging
Custom metrics and goals
Progress and nutrition tracking
Truecoach
www.truecoach.co
Has access up to 30 clients in a session
Has a free plan
Pricing ranges from $19 to $99 per month
Workout builder
Exercise library
Nutrition and meal planning
Scheduling and calendar
Progress photo
Custom branding

 

All of these have in-app messaging and video calling features. In addition, if you don’t mind doing all the hard work, we’re already seeing plenty of gyms inviting their clients to do online classes via Zoom meeting – www.zoom.us

2. Build your online presence

A broad range of online platforms await from Facebook to Instagram, YouTube, or even TikTok.  You can choose one or all of them to let people know that your business, whilst physically closed, is very much active. Share your home workout videos or practice those TikTok dance moves. Post your healthy meals of the day, share recipes, and build a community out of it. As you do, collaborate with your favorite brands, reach out to them and ask if you can get a few products to host a giveaway to your online community. Brands usually won’t mind as it will help promote their products, too. You can upload your videos to VPA TV to help you reach a wider audience. 

3. Start a YouTube Fitness Channel and monetize your videos

It’s free and all you have to do is learn the basics – learn how to edit videos, research on content that best works on YouTube and get started. Content that fits best for health and fitness would be full workout sessions, cooking videos, quarantine vlogs to fit our current climate, a day in the life of … and many more. Follow YouTubers that you’ve long been following and get inspiration from what they’re already doing and what works for them. Monetize your videos once you’ve met YouTube’s requirements. Best advice is to mainly do it for fun!

4. Offer meal plans or meal services

A great way to provide variety and to help your clients stay disciplined despite on lockdown. Give them a sense of direction by helping them personalize their meal plans based on their fitness goals. If you love cooking, offering meal services and home delivery whilst maintaining a 1.5m distance will be a win-win for both you and your clients.

5. Lease out your gym equipment

With the right terms and conditions in place, this might be a great idea in times of lockdowns and social distancing. After reading a few comments from people saying it’s just not worth buying expensive gym equipment to continue training, leasing out yours while gym closures are upon us would not only help you supplement your income, but also help your clients stay fit at home.

We hope you found these tips to supplement your income during quarantine useful, please feel free to share your own ideas as well. 

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