Need a lift? Meet the mobile gym where no one weights around
With gyms intermittently closed for almost a year now, the British public have tried, and largely failed, to foster an effective home workout routine.
And even if you have the motivation to nail your 2021 resolution, with home-workout gear flying off the shelves faster than toilet roll, it has become almost impossible for most people to get their hands on the necessary tools to get started.
This gaping hole in the market has been plugged by Pete Gardner, a 53-year-old personal trainer who brings the gym with him wherever he goes.
Mr Gardner squeezes dumbbells, yoga balls and much more into the back of his Vauxhall Combo, better known as ‘The Gym Van’, as he hauls around south Norfolk, visiting homes, parks and elsewhere to deliver tailored one-to-one training for clients.
“I wanted to train people who were daunted by the idea of going to the gym, and build their confidence from there,” said Mr Gardner, who moved to the area from London in 2008.
“Clients have my undivided attention, 100 per cent.
“Plus, I have a fully loaded van, so it’s fully geared up for any kind of workout.”
As gyms pulled down their shutters in March, demand started to surge, and Mr Gardner was even running classes of 17 in parks across Diss.
“At one point, I was able to train 17 people at once – but that soon went down to six,” he said.
In addition to his mobile gym, Mr Gardner, who earned a diploma in personal training in 2018, offers tailored nutrition plans and fitness journals.
Now, with outdoor exercise limited to just two people from separate households, he is offering online Zoom appointments, but insists that has not curbed demand one bit.
“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” said Mr Gardner.
“I think since the pandemic began, people have become more concerned with their health and wellbeing.”
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