South West fitness classes back on after boot

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Benn Stephens is looking forward to starting face-to-face bootcamp classes next week.
Camera IconBenn Stephens is looking forward to starting face-to-face bootcamp classes next week. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Personal training and group fitness can resume under the new social distancing rules as long as people do not share equipment or gather in groups of more than 10.

Bunbury Bootcamp owner Benn Stephens said he was looking forward to starting his outdoor classes again next week.

“We’re going to run face-to-face classes next week and still keep the Zoom classes going,” he said.

Obviously we had to change what we do dramatically, but because of the style of our training, it meant we could adapt to the situation.

Benn Stephens

Mr Stephens said he was pushed by a younger client to start using Zoom for online classes when outdoor gatherings were first limited.

“Quite a few of our clients are nurses and a few were based in the COVID Clinic so once things heated up down here they wouldn't come to bootcamp so we started using Zoom,” Mr Stephens said.

I’m old and stubborn so I don’t try these things, but because it was about survival we did and it’s been great.

Benn Stephens

Online classes opened up new client opportunities for Mr Stephens and he was able to focus on the positives of the situation.

“We’ve been running Zoom classes for the last month and it’s been going really well,” he said.

“We picked up a couple of clients from Perth and some from the UK.

“Normally we have quite a good number of people show up for face-to-face classes, but what we’ve lost in that we’ve gained online.”

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