Pilates instructor Nathalia Falcão teaches an online class for Inflow Pilates and Wellness clients through Zoom. Photo: Taylah Golden
Pilates instructor Nathalia Falcão teaches an online class for Inflow Pilates and Wellness clients through Zoom. Photo: Taylah Golden

Keeping fit an easy feat with online group classes

FITNESS studios across the Coast are making innovative changes to keep clients healthy and connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced all indoor fitness studios were required to close as COVID-19 safety measures increased. The ban included yoga, pilates and barre classes. But the restriction hasn't stopped wellness enthusiasts from stretching, pirouetting or doing a pelvic curl.

Pilates instructor Nathalia Falcão films a class for Inflow Pilates and Wellness clients through Zoom. Photo: Taylah Golden
Pilates instructor Nathalia Falcão films a class for Inflow Pilates and Wellness clients through Zoom. Photo: Taylah Golden

Studios like Caloundra's Inflow Pilates and Wellness have adapted their business models and are now offering online fitness classes that are livestreamed through Zoom, a video conferencing platform.

Owner and pilates instructor Abbie Edwards said the team had worked around the clock to set up a private Facebook group, new app and online classes.

Ms Edwards said the response had so far been "amazing", with dozens of clients signing up for the online classes.

Fitness lovers across the Coast are now working out together from home.
Fitness lovers across the Coast are now working out together from home.

"We just wanted to keep our clients motivated and healthy during this time," she said. "It's an awesome way to stay connected."

The Bulcock St studio has more than halved the cost of membership for clients, but Ms Edwards said some were adamant they would pay full price to support the business.