Mar 172020

An update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear All,

Tim and I sat watching the first televised update on Covid 19 yesterday and felt totally overwhelmed with all of the news and advice that was given. Obviously I was especially concerned about advice concerning group gatherings such as our classes and 1-1 sessions.  One of the new key government measures that has been given by Boris Johnson and his advisors is:

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres.

So it is with a really rather heavy heart (plus lots of tears) that I have decided to put all of my classes on hold starting from tomorrow, Wednesday 18th March as keeping you all safe and well is my top priority.  I realise that so many of you may not be in the vulnerable catagory, however you may live with someone who is and I really do think it is our responsibility to try and limit the affects of this horrible horrible virus.  I just want to do my part.  Now the next question is when will our classes restart……..and I really don’t know I am so sorry.  I will still be closely monitoring the situation and following the advice provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS. In addition, I am following guidelines issued by the industry governing body Fitpro.

For anyone who has a week left on their 5 week package, I would be more than happy to refund you or you can save this credit for when we restart.  Please let me know your thoughts on this.

However after this rubbish news……………

There is a silver lining!!!!
So if you heart did a little leap in excitement as you thought you may get a couple of months off torture…..sorry I meant Dancefit and Pilates!…… You are wrong! Through the power of technology and the internet I am so excited to announce that I will be running classes online.  Wow, this is so exciting and really makes me smile after the pretty rubbish decision that we have come to regarding classes.  A lovely lady called Alison said to me yesterday that it is in times like these that we really need to keep exercising to keep ourselves healthy both physically and mentally.  I really agreed with this as I know I will really miss you all and also the exercise aspect as I know how it sometimes helps to keep me sane.  I think it is also important if some of you are asked to self isolate – I know I would find this so frustrating not being able to exercise so I really do help this online sessions will help.

Now at the moment the details are a little sketchy because Tim (who is my technical guru) and I are going to have to sit down and see how this will work but at the moment, this is what we are thinking:

* I will record a weekly Dancefit and Pilates class that will be put online somewhere for you to access.
* I am thinking that the classes will be uploaded on the Monday (starting this Monday 23rd March) where you will be able to download them as and when you want to.
* There will be a charge of £5 per week to access the videos as many times as you would like, if this could be paid by bank transfer or even popped through my door that would be great.  I am looking at charging a monthly fee as well if you really want to keep the exercise momentum going!

I am slightly nervous with the thought of filming sessions as I will see what I really look like when I dance or do a plank – gosh what faces do I pull!  I really want to carry on with the social element of our classes which I, and I know you, do enjoy.  So I will be sending out regular newsletter, I will be posting lots on social media and I really want to see pictures of how you are managing to still keep on exercising – will you be doing a cha cha cha to Lizzo in your kitchen or planking in your living room, gosh this will be very exciting.

So as soon as Tim and I have worked out how to film and edit our 1 hour sessions I will be emailing you with lots more information.  I would love to hear what you think of this, as I do so value your opinion.  I am so so upset to be cancelling our classes but I think we can make something positive out of this and still keep in touch as I will miss you guys lots!

Thanks very much for your support and I do hope to see you very soon!

 Posted by at 4:04 pm

  2 Responses to “Covid 19 – an update”

  1. Hello Louise,
    Your Friday Dance fit class was recommended to me by a member of your class and I was hoping to be able to join when you have a space. In the meantime it would be fun to join the online class if you would please add me to the list.
    Thankyou very much
    Judith Binham

    • Hello Judith thank you so much for your message and I am SO sorry I have missed it and not replied before – I will indeed add you to my mailing list! I do hope to meet you very soon! Louise

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