22nd March ’21:
With restrictions starting to ease from next week, here is my proposed ‘roadmap’ back to face to face. Please note that all of this is subject to change and I will keep current members posted during class, as well as ensuring my newsletter contains the most up-to-date information. Please do also keep an eye on my social media which is where I’ll update things as they change. And my website will be updated later this week to reflect the following changes.
Personal training: 1-1s continue to take place mostly on Zoom, or outside in a public space. I cannot train clients inside their homes at this time. My new personal training space will re-open for 1-1 sessions w/c 10th May. Clients will be able to train within this space as it is a designated work space, not connected to the main house, and has its own loo. We still need to keep 2m apart, and I am happy to wear a face covering if preferred by the client (I do not recommend clients wear one while training)! The new gym space has large bifold doors and another door which can be opened for plenty of ventilation.
Zoom 1-1s will remain an option for anyone who is unable to travel to me, but I would appreciate clients letting me know their longer term plans, so I can sort my schedule to suit everyone.
I am not taking on any new personal training clients in the near future.
WOW: Outdoor group exercise can resume from 29th March, and is NOT subject to the rule of 6. Wednesday nights at Waterbeach Rec will start back on 31st March. Thursday mornings at Romsey Rec (Vinery Rd) will start back on 8th April at the new earlier time of 9.45am. Please bring water, a mat, and ideally a resistance band too. Feel free to also bring kettlebells / dumbbells etc if you have them. I am trying to minimise equipment sharing for now. It would be great if you could bring hand sanitiser if you intend to borrow any kit during the session. I will not be bringing any spare mats, but will have bands at every class, and a few spare kettlebells on a Wednesday night.
The Thursday 6.30am “Sunrise session” is a permanent online offering, and will be recorded each week.
All of these sessions are 45 minutes long, and are circuit / HIIT / bootcamp-style.
Wed 24th March 7pm @ Waterbeach Rec
Thurs 25th March 6.30am @ Zoom (recording available)
Wed 31st March 7pm @ Waterbeach Rec
Then after Easter, regular WOW sessions will be as follows:
Weds 7pm @ Waterbeach Rec
Thurs 6.30am @ Zoom (always recorded too)
Thurs 9.45am @ Vinery Road
[NB: No sessions 1st April, nor w/c 3rd May]
BARRE: Will continue twice a week online for the foreseeable. Mondays 7.10pm and Fridays 9.15am. Both sessions are recorded.
Indoor exercise classes should be allowed to go ahead from 17th May, but big restrictions on numbers (100sqft/per 9sqm person) are expected to be in place again. As such, I don’t expect to return to face to face classes any time soon, as it’s simply not viable to have less than half the normal capacity – not least because loads of you will miss out!
Monday nights will return face to face when there are fewer restrictions, but I cannot say when this will be. In my head I’m working towards a September return, but who knows! I would consider a simultaneous face-to-face class with a Zoom live stream option (as several ladies have said they’d actually love barre to stay online forever), but I think it would be very hard to get the sound levels right, and the music is so important for barre.
I am seriously considering keeping Friday morning barre permanently online though, so those who prefer a live at-home online experience can hopefully join me then.
BUMPS: Will continue online until at least mid-May. Indoor classes can resume from 17th May but, as above, numbers are restricted to about 50% of normal capacity. This class would lend itself to a simultaneous Zoom and face-to-face option, so I will see if there is appetite for that. Once the evenings are warmer (usually June thru August) I’d like to do the class outdoors as much as possible if we are meeting in-person. This makes everything safer, but also removes the number restrictions – I can have a full class outside.
As and when face-to-face Bumps classes resume, the simultaneous Zoom option will exist i.e. participants can choose whether they want to attend in-person, or join on Zoom, or get a recording.
In short, the delivery of this particular session is very much TBC and will largely depend on the appetite of the group, so please do get in touch with your thoughts.
BABIES: Will be online for the next couple of weeks. We cannot do indoor group exercise until at least 17th May, but I’d really like to run this class outside as much as possible over Spring & Summer, given the circumstances, and given outdoor exercise can resume imminently (and not subject to rule of 6). As with Barre & Bumps, indoor exercise is restricted in terms of the number of participants. I know that for the new mums, meeting in-person is a high priority, so I will be restarting face-to-face postnatal classes at the earliest opportunity. From mid April I intend to run the class outside, and also have the Zoom livestream option, so you can book in to attend on Zoom or to join in-person at Milton. If the weather is wet or very cold, then we’ll revert to Zoom-only for that week. From mid-May, we can use the room at Milton in the event of bad weather. However, the complication here is that we’ll be restricted to 6 participants. So again, we’ll have to play it by ear to an extent. But rest assured that face-to-face postnatal classes will start up on the first warm, dry day from mid-April, and the Zoom option isn’t going anywhere.
Below is a quick overview. I appreciate various classes are changing on different dates, but this image gives you a an idea of the status quo for the coming weeks:
Still in lockdown and, as such, all group offerings will remain online for the foreseeable. Most 1-1s are also on Zoom as that suits most clients best, although we can do 1-1 outside in a public space.
Whenever lockdown ends, our return to face to face will depend on whatever restrictions are still in place. Given March 8th is the earliest date for lockdown lifting I can’t imagine much will change before Easter, although I am hoping that WOW sessions will be back at the park ASAP.
During lockdown, I have not been running the Thursday 10.30am WOW session (normally at Vinery Rd park). All other sessions have continued as normal, and Vinery Rd will be back up and running as soon as we can return to in-person sessions. The lockdown Zoom schedule is below, and all starred sessions are recorded. Please note, Wednesday night’s class is NOT recorded.
Please also note that I intend to take a couple of weeks off in April as we will be moving to the barn (finally). Right now I am hoping that I’ll take off 1st-16th April, but those dates could get pushed back a week or two. I’ll let you know as soon as things are confirmed. There will be no classes on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
After the announcement that our area is in Tier 4 since Boxing Day, all Lovefit offerings will be on Zoom in the new year. ALL group classes (including outdoor sessions) must run online in accordance with the guidelines. 1-1 personal training sessions can take place face-to-face outdoors at a public place, but not within private gardens. So sorry not to be seeing you in the flesh as we start 2021.
It’s hard to know what the new year will bring in terms of rules, but I am doubtful it will be “better” in terms of our face-to-face training options. So my guess (and current plan) is that things will continue as they have done through December (see below). Once we have an update after Christmas and when the new year guidelines are released, I shall confirm plans.
As we move out of lockdown again, most things will remain as they were during lockdown as we will be in Tier 2 for the weeks running up to Christmas. This means no household mixing indoors. However, as a business I can now train people outside without restriction to numbers (so long as Covid-secure guidelines are being adhered to). As such, Lovefit will operate as follows until the Christmas break:
My 1-1s are taking place either online, or outside at various public locations, for those who want face to face and don’t mind the wintry elements! I cannot train anyone within their home at this time, indoors nor in their garden.
WOW: As before, both WOW sessions are back at their normal locations outside: Wednesday night at Waterbeach rec and Thursday mid-morning at Vinery Road. Please bring water, a mat, and ideally a resistance band too. Feel free to also bring kettlebells / dumbbells etc if you have them. I am trying to minimise equipment sharing. It would be great if you could bring hand gel along with you so that you can sanitise your hands before using any borrowed kit.
The “Sunrise session” is a permanent online offering, and will be recorded each week.
All of these sessions are 45 minutes long, and are circuit / HIIT / bootcamp-style.
BARRE: Will continue twice a week online.
BUMPS: Will continue online.
BABIES: Will be online, but I will offer the class outside if we have any milder weather!
With the new lockdown, all sessions will be online via Zoom including 1:1 sessions (except for where clients wish to train outside at Waterbeach rec).
7th September 2020:
Following on from my last update a fortnight ago, I can now confirm the Lovefit schedule for the next couple of months (all being well)! Returning to face-to-face classes is exciting but, as you can imagine, there is a lot of red-tape especially for hiring venues. I have been filling my evenings completing risk assessments, figuring out financial viability for each offering, and deciding on the best way forward. For now, it seems the best plan is a hybrid approach: Some online classes, some outdoor classes, and some in-person sessions with simultaneous Zoom streaming / recording.
Here is the confirmed timetable, and below that is a little more information on each offering, so please have a read of what’s going on with your session:
My 1-1s are taking place either online, or outside at various locations, bespoke to each individual.
WOW: Both WOW sessions are back at their normal locations outside: Wednesday night at Waterbeach rec and Thursday mid-morning at Vinery Road. Please bring water, a mat, and ideally a resistance band too. Feel free to also bring kettlebells / dumbbells etc if you have them. Equipment is available to borrow during the session, but I am trying to minimise equipment sharing. It would be great if you could bring hand gel along with you so that you can sanitise your hands before using any borrowed kit.
There is also a new early morning online WOW-style class. This “Sunrise session” will be recorded, and is open to all so if any of you have partners / husbands / family who might want to join the fun, let them know.
All of these sessions are 45 minutes long, and are circuit / HIIT / bootcamp-style.
BARRE: Both weekly Barre sessions will stay online for the time being for the reasons mentioned in my last update on 21st August (below). I do not yet have a date for when we will return face-to-face, so please assume that these classes will remain online for the foreseeable.
BUMPS: This class will remain online for the time being, and I will be reassessing next month, with a view to hopefully reinstating the face-to-face sessions in late October, whilst offering Zoom simultaneously. However, for this half-term, we’ll definitely be staying on Zoom and not meeting in-person.
BABIES: There has been strong interest to return this session to an in-person class. As such, and to bring the best of both worlds, this class will now be face-to-face but with a simultaneous online component. This coming week (Wed 9th), and for as long as the weather holds up, we will be outside on the rec behind Milton community centre. If I am teaching outside, it’s unlikely 4G will be reliable enough to stream live on Zoom, so I will be recording and sending the recording out to those who cannot attend in-person. Once we are forced inside, the following will be standard practice:
– Max. 6 participants (plus me and babies) to enable safe distancing. If there are more than 6 members wishing to join class, some people would need to do Zoom instead, either as a live-stream or via the recording. Priority for a live spot will be first come first served.
– You must bring your own mat and band. I can provide a band if needed, and will clean all equipment before and after class, but am trying to minimise equipment sharing.
– I’m afraid I will not be able to offer refreshments after class at this time.
– I will not be able to offer hands on adjustments, nor tummy assessments for diastasis recti.
– Class will be live-streamed on Zoom simultaneously and recorded so that people who are not there in-person can either join live from home (for example if they are needing to quarantine) or get the recording to do at a later time. The recording will only show me, and the camera will not be facing any of the participants.
– Face coverings must be worn within the building, but not during exercise.
– I will require everyone to wash their hands or sanitise their hands on arrival at class.
– And obviously all other standard Covid-19 guidelines apply i.e. please do not turn up if you or other members of your household have experienced covid symptoms! If you need to quarantine, you don’t have to miss out completely, you can get the recording or do it live via Zoom instead.
I now have to turn up earlier, and stay later to do all the cleaning required by the venue as part of my hire agreement and risk assessment. This also means a longer hire period and increased hire charges. So please understand that I need to see how this goes, and whether it will be viable to run at reduced capacity, without all the normal benefits of being face-to-face (time to natter, share a snack, hang out at the end of class etc). I really hope so, as I am missing seeing you all in the flesh!
Strange times we are living in, and I promise I am doing my best to help bring a sense of normality, and keep as many people happy as possible.
Thanks for reading, and looking forward to seeing you one way or another soon!
21st August 2020:
It’s been 5 months since lockdown started. I so desperately want to be working with you all face to face. When I started this business 12 years ago, it was in no small part because of the enjoyment I get from interacting with other people. There have been many hugs over the years, high fives, team games, shared cuppas… And I miss them!
But staying safe, and keeping sessions accessible to as many of you as possible is of utmost importance. With that in mind, some sessions will remain online as we move into autumn. A few things are still TBC (owing to venue managers being on holiday and unable to confirm key information), but here is the proposed plan for September. I will communicate confirmation of the below as soon as I have it:
Many of my 1-1 sessions are remaining online for a number of reasons, but I have chatted to each client individually and can continue to fit in with each individual’s personal requirements and circumstances.
My new timetable will be effective from w/c 7th September and should look like this:
**No classes w/c 24th August, as I am taking a week off**
**W/C 31st August:
- No Barre on bank holiday Monday
- Tues 1st Sept – BUMPS 7pm (Zoom)
- Wed 2nd Sept – BABIES 12 noon (Zoom) / WOW 7pm (Waterbeach Rec)
- Thurs 3rd Sept – WOW 10.30am (Zoom)
- Fri 4th Sept – BARRE 9.15am (Zoom)
Then from w/c 7th Sept I’m hoping we’ll be running as follows…
WOW: Both existing WOW sessions will be back at their normal locations outside. Wednesday night has been back at Waterbeach rec for several weeks, and Thursday mid-morning at Vinery Road will return on Sept 10th (that session will still be online on Sept 3rd). On 10th Sept I’ll also start an early morning online WOW-style class. This “Sunrise session” will be open to all so if any of you have partners / husbands / family who might want to join the fun, let them know.
BARRE: Both weekly Barre sessions will stay online for the time being. One venue isn’t re-opening yet. The other is, but the safety measures required make it unfeasible to run the class with children present – and most people attending that session bring their young children along. The general consensus has been that, much as we’re missing face-to-face classes, being in a room together doesn’t feel right yet, especially given how many of you normally attend, and how much voice projection I have to do to teach this class over the music.
BUMPS: Initially this class will remain online, but there is interest from some members to return to in-person sessions. I am looking into viability and space required, with a view to *possibly* re-instating the class to Milton in late October (whilst simultaneously providing a Zoom option). Watch this space.
BABIES: Interestingly, almost everyone who has recently inquired about joining this class, has asked if it will be face-to-face again. It seems new mums are desperate to get back out there and feel that connection to others in the same boat. With that in mind, I am hoping to be able to offer a best-of-both-worlds approach to this class, and am looking at returning back to a physical venue on 9th Sept (TBC*) whilst streaming via Zoom at the same time. [NB: Class will be on Zoom on 2nd Sept]. This would enable me to keep in-person class sizes small, whilst still being able to reach those who are further away, or prefer not to attend face-to-face. I’d like to take the class outside where possible, which we have always done in previous summers. But this particular class does not lend itself to wet or cold outdoor sessions, (unlike WOW which takes place outside year round). This class is slower paced, we take time chatting to get to know each other, we spend time mobilising, so it works better inside if the weather is inclement. I’m waiting to hear from the community centre to find out if they have WiFi that would enable me to simultaneously Zoom and teach live. Again, watch this space.
I’ll be in touch early September to confirm everything 100%!
15th July 2020:
Having been fully online for almost four months at the time of writing, there will be some gradual changes ahead. Obviously everything is subject to change, depending on latest advice, a possible second wave (gulp!) and venue rules.
Almost all of my 1-1 sessions are remaining online for a number of reasons, but I have chatted to each client individually and can continue to fit in with each individual’s personal requirements and circumstances.
Up to this point I have had to keep everything online, even WOW which is an outdoor session (it’s all in the name). Finally outdoor restrictions have been lifted for businesses and we are no longer capped at 6 people – Hurrah!
Effective w/c 20th July, Wednesday night WOW will return to Waterbeach rec. All other group offerings, including Thursday mid-morning WOW will remain on Zoom for the summer. Please note there will be a break at the end of August while I take some time off from 21st-31st August.
Having polled my regulars, and spoken to all my venues, I am almost certain that no indoor face-to-face sessions will resume in September. As such, I anticipate Barre, Bumps (pregnancy) and Babies (postnatal) to stay on Zoom over the autumn. There would need to be a big drop in Covid-19 cases, and a lot more confidence from me and you before we start working out together indoors. Much as I miss you all, this really is for the best. And without being able to offer hands on corrections, assess post-baby tummies, or have a long natter with individuals at the end of class, continuing with Zoom makes the most sense. My virtual door is always open though, and if any of you need a chat and some company I would be happy to arrange a distanced walk with any of you. Or I’m at the end of a phone or email if that’s your preference.
Watch this space for updates on Thursday WOW at Vinery Road Rec. This session will remain online for now and I will advise on the return to the park ASAP. Come September I am considering a few options, but it’s very likely that I will add in a permanent online early morning WOW at around 6.30am.
Those of you who are not local to me, but have been joining Zoom classes from afar… Please contact me if the loss of a Wednesday night online session affects your membership, and I can advise on the best option for you going forward.
I’ll keep this link updated whenever things change, but the above has you covered until September.
Thanks you for your continued support and patience as we all navigate these crazy times! X