Latest Update from Gemma

I just thought I would give you a little update on our classes.


On last Wednesday evening’s briefing, the government said that they’re working on getting outdoor sport and gyms up and running again “soon”. But unfortunately there's been no mention of community fitness classes for a while now. The only physical classes I am allowed to offer are limited to a maximum of 5 people outside.


So I think that we have to be realistic about the fact it's going to be quite a while before we are back to classes as they were. And even if we were allowed to restart tomorrow, there would be so many issues and things to deal with! Hardly any halls are open (Didcot Civic Hall is being used as a testing centre, run by the army!) plus social distancing would mean that I wouldn’t be able to teach very many at a time, particularly for a dance fitness class. I’ve done some calculations, and a normal class of 25-30 people at Drayton Village Hall would have to be capped at 5-7 people… and I’d have to ban you from going the wrong way! Other issues:

- World Health Organisation have said no face masks are to be worn when exercising

- toilets – I think they’d have to be cleaned between individual visits? Or would we have to shut them completely? Who’d want to come to a class if they couldn’t use the loo?!

- the halls would have to be deep cleaned before and after classes so that would rule out double classes

- it is unlikely to be financially viable with smaller numbers etc?

- first aid – would I be allowed to offer first aid? Would I need to get hold of some PPE just in case?

- I'm not allowed a babysitter!


As you can see there are lots of problems to deal with!


If you're thinking that you don't want to do online classes and that you'll just come back when all of this is all over, I think we have to be realistic that you might be waiting a long time. The best case scenario for returning to classes is thought to be September, it perhaps might even be January.


So if you feel like you need to add some extra exercise in your week, have a look at our online classes. We have recorded classes on our website with our Home Workout Club, plus live classes on the website and Facebook.


In ourHome Workout Club, you are sent videos by email to do whenever you want. We have collections of Pilates, Gentle Exercise, Kettlebells, HIIT and Dance Fitness videos, and many more.


We have “all inclusive” and “a la carte” options for live classes:


Online Class Membership Groupon Facebook - 14 live classes every week to be done live or on catch up plus over 100 classes saved in our back catalogue to access anytime.


Individual classes on our website– Gemma’s Masterclasses, Pilates Masterclasses, RockBox & Clubbercise


Sit Fit– currently a free Facebook group with 1 chair based class every week. Soon to become a paid group so check it out now!


I’ve added details of all the options below.


The benefits of online fitness classes are absolutely huge - you don't have to go out, travel,or even get dressed! You can try new things in the comfort of your own home. Plus all the usual benefits for your physical and mental health, plus time exercising is time when you’re not snacking! You might need some me-time away from your family, or you might want to get the rest of the family involved with you! And also it's just a little bit of normality - me saying the same jokes me telling you to remember to breathe!


We've invested lots of time and money improving the quality of our online classes, so if you haven't tried them for a while then why not give some a go!


Get in touch and I can tell you more about what might be best for you.


Love Gemma x 

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