What a day it was. What a year it has been. I was literally finishing up a certification for Rock Steady Boxing last March when the speculations were confirmed, that the Corona Virus had indeed made its way to the US and there were growing confirmed cases. I am a high energy, pro-active person. We were barely in the car headed home and I already knew where this was headed and what I needed to do. Public facilities would close but I knew I needed to keep a strong connection with my Fit Fun Community.
No second thoughts. We are lucky enough to live in a technological age that allows us to be separately together. Only problem as an almost 60 year old female fitness business owner I had not had much free time to familiarize myself with that world. Sure I used a tablet for music in my classes and felt really good about my efforts to do that. I even had a subscription to YesGo Music making my ability to bring fitness compatible, era specific, fun music to my group fitness experiences. How hard could it be? I use Facebook all the time for business and had practiced live videos with my granddaughter as we raised and released Monarch Butterflies.
Nothing else to think about. Online Lives using Facebook. Springtime outdoors what more could you want. I have natural backdrops galore. The beauty of nature with releasing stress through exercise staying committed to health is a home run! Well the direction of the sunlight, the unpredictable wind and the challenge of attempting to create a full view for movement visibility created the first level of anxiety. Nevertheless I jumped on daily. HiIT workouts and Yoga.
Each day there was a new challenge that was humbling. Having to look at yourself daily in less than flattering views takes you out of your confident comfort zone. Dealing with the elements while juggling different fitness formats and the uncertainty of Covid and what would happen to my business was definitely challenging and stressful but the moment people you know and those you don't connect, resonate, and participate all the discomfort of challenge dissipates.
Many blessings found me.
Despite the closings and uncertainty, Silver Sneakers Tivity offered to continue to pay me for classes I hosted online. My paying clients began mailing payments and the Public Library contacted me and made the same offer to pay me for classes I hosted online for them.
The new challenge the Library required a Zoom presentation. Just as you feel you begin to conquer your anxiety and fears enter new ones. With the addition of another device I was now attempting operate 4 devices during each online session. One device for Facebook Live. One device for Zoom, one device for Music and one for direct connection with each participant on the Live. Each day by the time it was time to start I was hyperventilating and repeating to myself that there was no way I could do this. But to my shock and surprise I did. It has now been a year of online sessions and now a new level of hybrid challenge with some In Person/Online Simultaneous Training. I survived this past year so did my business, and my clients. Originally I jumped online to help my fitness community, my friends and to give back.
What I have learned in this year was that it has actually been my fitness community that helped me. Every person that took the time from their day to connect, to follow and to participate kept me going. They gave me strength as well as purpose. On my birthday, March 19th 99% of my clients from my HIIT Training, whom I had not seen in a year, walked back into the gym singing Happy Birthday and bearing gifts. They had been vaccinated were two weeks out and felt they could finally safely return. They chose to partner their return with a surprise for me.
I know this has been a very difficult year but I for one have learned a great deal spent a lot of time in and with nature and am very blessed. I also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Fitness Community is truly my Fitness Family.