You’re eager to get back to the normal swing of things—we all are. As we watch other cities open up or at least start the reopening phases, it’s easy to feel jealous or slightly anxious. But you have to be ready; don’t push it. If you’re a coach who works at a health club or gym, or if you’re an independent trainer who rents space to see your clients, there are a few boxes you have to check off to ensure you’re on the right path to get back to business.
Getting back to work is what we’ve all been waiting for, so be happy you can buckle down and juggle a few more things than you’ve been used to in the last couple months. If you want to make sure everything runs smoothly, follow these four tips to get yourself back on track.
Understand What’s Going on Locally
Every city and state looks different so what may be happening next door to you doesn’t necessarily ring true for what’s going on in your hometown. Take a look at the number of COVID-19 cases in your area and get caught up with what your local politicians and neighbors are saying and feeling about the virus. Listen to their plans of reopening and which phase your gym falls into.
Even if your gym is open already, you still want to know what’s going on in your hometown so you can present your clients with the best information should they have any questions. And if you have to wait a little while for your gym to open, visit the public places that are open so you can get a sense of what reopening looks like from a consumer’s point of view. This will help you be more empathetic and understanding of whatever your clients are going through when you start sessions again with you.
Go Over the Rules With Your Gym
Your gym owners have an action plan, surely. They’ve figured out how to organize all the equipment, put hand sanitizer stations at every corner, keep the bathrooms extra clean, etc. Get on board with their plan and embody the rules with your clients so you can help the facility keep itself in tip top shape.
Part of your responsibility as a trainer or group fitness instructor at your gym is to keep your clients abiding by the community rules. Lead by example and don’t be afraid to ask them politely to stay in line with the guidelines if they seem to be straying. Although they may not be worrying about catching the coronavirus, they could inadvertently spread it to an individual who is at risk.
Factor Your Remote Clients Into Your Schedule
Don’t forget about your online clients! You’ve put so much attention into all your remote clients because they’ve been your main priority, but make sure they’re still getting your time and energy when you start teaching in person again. Be honest with yourself—if you’ve taken on too much to handle, it would be unfair to all of your clients because you’ll have to half-ass your way through it all. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and really assess what your availability is.
Take Extra Precautions With Your In-Person Clients
Show them you care by taking the necessary steps, like wearing a mask, keeping a safe distant, having hand sanitizer nearby, etc. Even if you aren’t personally concerned about catching COVID-19, you could still be a carrier of the virus without having any symptoms, and the last thing you want is to pass it along to one of your clients or coworkers unknowingly.
Let your clients know you care and that you’re available to be there for them if they need it. Treat everyone like a human, not just another number on your list to cross off. If you can be there for them during this time, they’ll be grateful for it.