Fitness classes switch to Facebook to keep Suffolk moving during coronavirus outbreak
PUBLISHED: 13:17 23 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:18 23 March 2020
Fitness classes are going ahead across Ipswich despite coronavirus - with instructors taking to Facebook to share their workouts.
When prime minister Boris Johnson announced the closure of all leisure facilities on Friday, March 20, many gym instructors faced an uncertain future.
Gorilla Kids Fitness, a youth fitness group based in Ipswich, is moving its sessions online.
Its gym has had to close while the public practises social distancing, so it has swapped kettle bells for cans of soup and will show kids how to keep fit with everyday household items.
Instructor Vic French said: “We will be putting videos out every day at 11am on our Facebook page, so kids can do a little exercise in their homes as they can’t visit us.
“It’s nothing massive and it’s meant to be fun, we usually do classes for ages three to 18 so it’s good across the board.
“It was strange filming the first video in my kitchen because we’re used to having a room for of children watching. This time it was just my camera.
“If this goes down well though, we are thinking of ways to do these sessions live.”
Some instructors have already taken to Facebook to keep in touch with their classes, making sure they can keep active even if they have to remain in their homes.
Sarah Ann Gray teaches a range of Zumba classes across Ipswich for all ages and abilities - and has spent days moving all of her work online, so she can still help keep people moving and her community together.
Miss Gray said: “I have some really lovely groups and some of them have don’t have family nearby, but they have each other which is really nice.
“There’s going to be some sessions for free and then some paid sessions as well, which can all be booked online.
“I put a taster of a free class on Facebook this week so people can try it out.
“It’s really important to keep people active if they have to stay at home.”