A woman who runs a Pilates studio in Pinner has said the pandemic has transformed the local health and fitness industry and how people exercise.
Like many, Sally Hamblin, who runs regular classes at The Pilates Studio at Methodist Church, had her business turned upside down when the pandemic hit and had to rethink her services and take a leap forward and embrace technology.
Sally told MyLocalNews: “When the first lockdown was announced, it was a complete handbrake turn for everyone. The whole fitness industry was affected. Local classes from pilates to Zumba, yoga and personal training all came to a halt.
“Together we serve our local communities by keeping residents healthier and more connected, as well as keeping community centres afloat and cafes busy after classes. We had to adapt to a new way of online exercise.”
Sally led regular Zoom and online classes, which were a lifeline for many during the uncertainties of the pandemic. As life returns to normal, she says that online fitness classes will remain a permanent feature moving forward, as although many are keen to return to in-person classes, some are hesitant to return to in-person exercise.
She added: “Most of my clients are really grateful to have been able to keep going through this period in their lives. The pandemic has been such a time for us all and it has been my privilege to help people. A lot of people value that social contact again after a long time of feeling isolated.”