The fitness industry has suffered a lot since COVID has appeared on the scenes, with gyms and fitness studios being the first to undergo forced shutdowns because they are high-touch businesses.
Virtual classes have become the order of the day keeping the pulse of the fitness industry going, but the question that yet looms large is for how long?
Most of the online classes have been yoga which do not require any equipment, so yoga has become very popular and expected to be a promising deal. Virtual gym workouts have upped the scale but workouts with heavy equipment are definitely missed.
The fitness industry can attest. Despite the coronavirus restricting gym capacity while shuttering some entirely, the traditional January spike in memberships has matched—and in some ways exceeded—those of years past.
Part of that can be tied to the predictable explosion of online classes, and a move toward maintaining mental as well as physical health.
Consumers are actually working out more than before because now they can train from the comfort of their home.
Many are reporting how great it is because it doesn’t involve a commute, so they're finding that they’re able to squeeze in those workouts between, maybe when work ends and when they have family responsibilities, in ways that they couldn’t before.
Covid is very unpredictable and whether we have new spikes in cases or not is unknown, so many regular gym goers have opted to setting up home gyms in the fear of missing out on their training.
Australia received its first delivery of Covid-19 vaccines on 15 February and has begun the mammoth task of immunizing every willing adult in the country.
However, the vaccine rollout has already fallen behind goals the government set itself, with just over 105,000 doses administered as of 10 March – tens of thousands of doses short of even the more modest benchmarks set.
It is the largest single vaccination program in Australia’s history and many still have questions about how the process will work and, most importantly, when they can expect to get the jab.