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Fitness instructor finds online success amid pandemic

Holly LaMie has been a lifelong fitness instructor.

“I’ve been teaching fitness for over 20 years,” she says.

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  • Holly LaMie has been teaching fitness for 20 years
  • When the pandemic shut down fitness centers, her customers disappeared and her paychecks dried up
  • Since moving her classes online, LaMie says she is doing better now than before the pandemic

When the gyms closed, his work stopped. This ended his paychecks and, LaMie said, his goal.

“We had to be more careful with our extra expenses,” LaMie said. “I kind of went through a little depression because I didn’t know when it was going to end and what it would look like when it was over.”

Even when fitness centers reopened, LaMie says few people returned to her classes.

LaMie is one of a group particularly affected by the pandemic. Information from statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor shows that millions more women than men have lost their jobs because hardest-hit industries, such as hospitality and healthcare, typically employ more. women than men.

“I have friends who have lost their jobs and so and that was kind of one of those times where it turned into a blessing for me,” LaMie said.

LaMie did something she refused to do before: built a home fitness studio in her children’s playroom and started teaching virtually.

“I enjoyed being face to face and I think it’s just that door that closed and said you have to change positions,” she said.

LaMie says she took a week-long virtual “boot camp” that taught her the basics of transitioning to online education. She and her husband redesigned the playroom to equip it with studio lights, sound systems and other equipment. She says it took some getting used to at first.

“Teaching a camera was really different,” LaMie said.

But she says the flexibility of working from home made all the work worth it.

“I can just tell my attendees that I have to start today at ten o’clock because my grade 3 student has a spelling test at nine o’clock,” LaMie said.

She says she even earns a little more money now than before.

“I actually ended up liking it a lot better than teaching face to face,” LaMie said.

LaMie says he plans to continue teaching at home, even when everything returns to normal.

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