Since the first confinement, online courses given by sports coaches have boomed. But are they as enjoyable as they used to be? Are they destined to last once the rooms reopen?
Take a phone, a good internet connection, and let’s go for an online sport class! Since the first containment, they are booming , offering an alternative to traditional gyms, currently closed due to the health context. “We really do these classes for people, to show also that the Well and Fit will not close”, explains coach Anthony Davidas.
Most importantly, they allow students and coaches to keep in touch, especially when they’re live. “It gives them an appointment like when they come to class. People can also exchange with us”, appreciates the coach Nadège Klein, who has the double status of employee and auto-entrepreneur.
But if the coaches invite themselves to their students’ homes, there are certain limits to this new way of working. It is difficult to feel a real pleasure in giving these lessons when one’s job is above all based on contact. For Davidas, “It’s not my way of working. You don’t see the technical correction of the movement. We just see likes, comments… we don’t have an image. It’s by seeing the gestures, the expressions on the faces that you see if your classes are affordable or not. It’s all about observation.
“People are changing their habits”
Compared to the first confinement, the emergence of new, more individualized sports practice habits has also changed the game. “Some people didn’t go back to the gym. As a result, they used to do their sport at home, invested in equipment, took out a monthly subscription and do their sessions when they want. The over 60s were a bit scared. I have the example of several members who didn’t want to be in gyms where it was more crowded,” says Nadège Klein.
People are changing their habits,” confirms Anthony Davidas. But there is a real need to practice sports. In the mornings, we used to have grandfathers and grandmothers who came to do their aquagym class etc… And they no longer have that social side. For these people, their mental health will also take a hit. There are still a lot of things that will interfere with the reintegration of people into the gym.
Many questions but no answers yet, except perhaps one: the collective desire to continue to play sports.
Justine Trincaretto (Basic-Fit): “A lot of positive feedback”.
You were already offering online courses before the health crisis?
We were already offering two solutions. All Basic-Fit subscriptions include virtual group classes. These classes, which are renewed every two months, are available in all the clubs on the big screen and also in the application included in our subscriptions. It offers more than 150 group classes and training programs that can be done at home or outdoors, advice from our ambassador Teddy Riner, more than 175 recipes for a balanced diet… With the arrival of the crisis, we have set up Live classes on our social networks given by our instructors. They take place live twice a week and are accessible to the general public, not only to our members.
What is the feedback on these courses?
A lot of it is positive. The main ones are: “it helps us move”, “it makes us feel good”. The most successful ones are Marilyne’s Booty and Amadou’s Boxing classes. They also allow our members to talk to us live, to ask their questions and this helps to keep and maintain a strong link with them.
Do you have any concerns about how people will return to your venues once they are able to reopen?
We are ready and eager to reopen all our clubs! More than ever, sports practice is essential to maintain physical and mental well-being. The reopening of the clubs will be done in strict compliance with health regulations. In particular, we have a reservation system that allows us to control the number of people present in a club.