Online workout a hit amid Covid-19 outbreak

  • AseanPlus News
  • Monday, 02 Mar 2020

LANZHOU: With fitness trainer’s video playing from her smartphone, Du Wanjiao, the 37-year-old white-collar, was stretching with a elastic belt while being quarantined in her apartment.

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, Chinese people across the country are advised to comply with home quarantine measures and avoid public events and social gatherings.

Fortunately, fitness enthusiasts, including Du, found a way to exercise at home through online courses.Du lives in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu province.

She said that she now had to exercise at home instead of going to the gym. Her gym had set up a chat group online for members and posted different fitness courses seven days a week.

“Recently, I started yoga, aerobics and other exercise online from my personal trainer, ” Du said.

Zhang Rui, Du’s personal trainer, who works at Hello Spring & Swimming Fitness Club, was advised to post his training courses online to help the gym members practise.

“The gym has set a chat group with over 300 members on WeChat. And all coaches will post fitness course videos in the group seven days a week.

“Half of the courses are aerobics and the other half are personal training, ” Zhang said.

Several fitness industry practitioners in Lanzhou noted that the sales from February to March could capture nearly 80% of all sales during the first three months of the year.

Li Fei, membership manager of Hello Spring & Swimming Health Club, said that the gym had to shut its door amid the epidemic since late January.

He said his team tried their best to get their members to join the online courses.

“The club is still inviting new members to join the courses in chat group. And the club encourages members to post their workout videos online.

“If one have posted his or her workout videos 15 times within 30 days, the club will increase their membership for one month, ” Li said.Since the outbreak, many famous fitness apps in China have promoted many of online workout courses.

On fitness app Super Monkey, 180,000 viewers watched its fitness live on Feb 6.

Another fitness app Keep, posted a webpage of fitness live on its app on Jan 31 and had about 56.5 million viewers by early February.

“It has been two years since I began to take exercise at gym. And I also follow Keep app to practise sometimes. For me, both online and offline methods work great for me, ” Du said. — Xinhua

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